BVEP - Business Visits and Events Partnership

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Michael Hirst OBE - Immediate Past Chair

Michael Hirst has chaired the Partnership since its inception in 1999 until May 2020. Michael now sits on the BVEP Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair.  He has fifty years' experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. He is a former board member of the Ladbroke Group Plc as Chairman and CEO of Hilton International.  Michael Hirst is a consultant to CBRE Hotels, the world's leading hotel real estate advisory firm. He served as Chairman of The Tourism Alliance, the industry's umbrella trade body and continues to be a member of its Board.  Michael Hirst was appointed OBE for services to tourism. He was voted "Personality of the Year" by readers of Meetings & Incentive Travel and awarded the Joint Meetings Industry Council Unity Award, recognising individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Meetings Industry and its level of professionalism.