We are absolutely thrilled to announce that David Smythe, former Chairman of ASSC, has been recognised in this year’s Queens Birthday Honours List for his dedication and services to Tourism.
“I am surprised and delighted to be nominated for this Award.
“I joined the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) www.assc.co.uk as I felt that the self-catering sector was an unsung hero in the Scottish Tourism world. I was elected Chairman in 1999, exciting times as the Internet was just starting to make a small impact on tourism, and also just as the first Scottish Parliament was elected and getting down to business. The disasters of 2001 – first Foot and Mouth which closed the countryside, then the 9/11 horrors which hit air travel, instantly crystallised the value of tourism to Scotland making it essential that the industry engaged with Government to rebuild tourism success.
“In my 18 years of Chairmanship, the Association has moved from being run by a part-time secretary and volunteer Committee of Management to employing a full-time Chief Executive and two staff, now overseen and guided by a Board. With a healthy membership and an active Association in good health, I stood down as Chair in November 2018. I have made it my business to work closely with ASSC members, industry and agencies to ensure not only that self-catering is represented robustly, but also that ASSC takes a lead role in shaping Scottish Tourism. I was always delighted to represent the ASSC at many levels, and I pay tribute to the excellent Scottish Tourism Alliance, now a powerful advocate for Scottish Tourism for ensuring ASSC’s inclusion.
“The Award is in recognition for ‘services to tourism’, but I would like to pay tribute to the team of committed volunteers and staff at ASSC for their considerable help and guidance over the years in making the Association what it is today.
“I continue to have an active role Chairing the Perthshire Tourism Partnership and representing the Partnership on Perth and Kinross Leader LAG http://www.pkleader.org/“
We wish David many congratulations on receiving this award and send our sincere gratitude to him on behalf of everyone at ASSC.