Published on : Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Convention Edinburgh has appointed two new sales colleagues to support the team in maintaining and growing Edinburgh’s position as a leading destination for meeting planners, second only to London in the UK.
Laura Henry joins Convention Edinburgh as International Association Sales Manager, bringing eleven years of business development experience within the hospitality and tourism sector to the team.
Laura will generate and secure international association and corporate conference business for Edinburgh, and for Marketing Edinburgh’s members, while meeting ambitious annual targets. With a proactive outlook, Laura will manage and grow a vast network of international business leads and collaborate with city wide partners to prepare compelling bids.
Nam Gowans-Brown joins the team as National Association Sales Executive, bringing with her a solid track record of sales achievement in the service and hospitality industry, gained after completing an Honours Degree in Tourism from Edinburgh Napier University. Reporting directly to the International Association Sales Manager, Nam will support the team in managing leads and preparing bids, while also showcasing the Capital’s extensive business tourism offering through the organisation of familiarisation trips and attending industry events.
In a unique turn of events, both appointments return to Marketing Edinburgh having worked there previously – with Laura occupying a position as an Association Sales Executive between 2014 and 2016 and Nam taking up a role as a Marketing and Sales Executive from late 2014-2017.
Both bring additional sales experience to their new roles from The Principal Hotel Company, where Laura was Specialist Group Sales Manager for Scotland and Nam progressed her career in a Sales Executive role.
The new appointments will support the team in a challenging climate, with Brexit having the potential to unsettle international meeting planners, who may previously have been more likely to consider Edinburgh and the UK as a whole.