Executive Vice President / Director, The Americas
Gavin became Executive Vice President / Director, The Americas at VisitBritain in 2017. Currently, he is responsible for driving visitation to Great Britain from the Americas; leading talented teams in Sao Paolo, Los Angeles, Toronto and New York City.
Prior to this role, Gavin was the Executive Director of Tourism for New York State, leading the iconic I LOVE NY program. During his tenure, New York State’s tourism grew to record levels of employment, economic impact and visitation. Gavin also grew the investment in I LOVE NY from $9 million to nearly $80 million under his leadership; making it one of the largest government funded tourism programs in America.
Gavin started in the hospitality industry after graduating from Cornell University School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, where he ran commercial hotels for over 6 years across the USA, during which time his hotels received significant awards.
Following a 12 year post at the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau as President, from 2008 to 2013, Gavin owned and operated Landry Hospitality Consulting Services; a full-service agency specializing in hotel development and destination marketing. During that time, the 9/11 tragedy occurred and Gavin was elected by his peers to lead a Tourism Recovery Program for New York State in a volunteer role, President of the NYS Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.
In 2011, Gavin was invited to join the New York University [NYU] School of Professional Studies faculty, teaching tourism at the graduate level. He received a prestigious award for teaching excellence in 2013 from NYU.
Gavin resides in Brooklyn, NY and has a passion for sustainable travel.