UKinbound, the leading trade association which represents nearly 400 of the country’s tourism businesses, proudly presented Karin Urban, since September 2017 Non-Executive Director of Tour Partner Group, the parent company of Hotels & More, with its Chairman’s Award at its annual Awards for Excellence gala dinner, held on 8th February in Cardiff.
Taking place at the National Museum Wales, the award was presented by UKinbound Chairman Mark McVay alongside famed Welsh comedian Rod Woodward, in front of an audience of over 260 people.
The award applauds Karin Urban’s outstanding contribution to the tourism industry over the last 25 years.
Mark McVay, Chairman UKinbound commented: “Our awards are an opportunity to give deserved recognition to those in our industry that have excelled, and I was delighted to present Karin Urban with the esteemed Chairman’s Award. Throughout her 25-year career Karin has shown immense vision and drive, with a superb talent for leadership, quickly climbing the career ladder to become Managing Director of one of the leading inbound tour operators for German speaking source markets.
“She was chair of the VPR (German based association for international wholesalers) for eight years and served as UKinbound treasurer for four years. In the latter position she worked hard to ensure the association started to make a surplus year on year, which is why we have now achieved financial security. She is a credit to the industry and a deserving winner of the Chairman’s Award.”
Karin Urban, Non-Executive Director, Tour Partner Group said: "I feel incredibly honoured having received this very special award. "I would like to thank the fantastic team at Hotels and More who always supported me during my time on the VPR and the UKinbound board, when Hotels and More also expanded into the strong market position it enjoys now."
I am thrilled to see UKinbound going from strength to strength and I’m proud to have had the opportunity to be part of its success story and to contribute to its excellent standing in the UK inbound industry."
The Awards for Excellence were presented during the association’s Annual Convention which took place at Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel & Spa from 7th to 9th February. The event featured an influential line-up of speakers including PY Gerbeau, visiting professor at London Business School & Imperial Collage and Stephany van Willigenburg from Google.