Retirement certainly not on the menu for tourism and hospitality champion Harry
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A name synonymous with the tourism industry has stepped down from his top job – but retirement is not on the menu for Harry Murray.
Harry, president of the Hospitality Professionals Association, has stepped down as Chairman of the award-winning Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa after 25 years' service.
He was appointed Managing Director in 1997 with a vision of making the hotel, at Chippenham, near Bath, the best country house hotel in the UK.
As MD, Harry helped to develop the hotel from AA Four Black Stars to AA Five Red Stars with a Michelin Star Restaurant and an award-winning, world-class spa.
He became Chairman in 2010, the year the hotel won ‘Independent Hotel of the Year Catey ‘and the ‘AA Independent Hotel of the Year’. The Hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux and Pride of Britain. In addition to 42 bedrooms and suites, the hotel now has six deluxe cottages — with two more opening in the New Year.
Harry was synonymous with tourism and hospitality in the Bay during its golden days. He was general manager of Torquay’s Imperial Hotel between 1976 and 1994 when it was the only five-star hotel this side of Bristol.
He has been championing the tourism and hospitality sector as it has battled through some of its bleakest times in the pandemic.
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He was among industry leaders campaigning for a stronger and more influential voice at Westminster. They have wanted to see a minister appointed with a specific portfolio for hospitality and launched a Seat at the Table campaign.
Harry, in his 80s, has been honoured with every industry award going and with an MBE to his name.
He has managed luxury international hotels across five decades and has been recognised with numerous awards for his tireless efforts to raise standards of excellence and to inspire the next generation of hospitality leaders.
Harry, who celebrates 40 years as a Master Innholder in 2022, will focus on mentoring and helping to coach and inspire the next generation of hospitality leaders. He will continue as President of HOSPA, as an Ambassador & Patron at Hospitality Action, Springboard, Be Inclusive Hospitality, Institute of Hospitality, and the Hoteliers Guild. He will also continue supporting UK Hospitality and remain in his position as a Governor of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.