Christopher Rodrigues
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Christopher Rodrigues became Chairman of VisitBritain on the 1st January 2007 and Chairman of International Personal Finance in July of the same year.

He is pro-bono Chairman of The Windsor Leadership Trust and The Almeida Theatre, and an advisor to Monitise plc. He has been a NED at Ladbrokes plc (formerly Hilton Group) since 2003, is on the Council, and a Trustee, of the National Trust and is an executive committee member of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

His previous career includes terms as President and CEO of Visa International; Group Chief Executive of Bradford and Bingley, Group Chief Executive at Thomas Cook and various senior positions at American Express. He was a founder NED of the Financial Services Authority (1997-2003) and spent the early part of his career at McKinsey and Co,

Christopher is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Harvard Business School. He rowed for Cambridge in the 1970 and 1971 Boat Races, is a past-Chairman of Leander Club and is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta. He was made Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey in 2009 and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management in 2010.

Christopher was made a Commander of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours list for services to British business interests and charitable works in the UK and USA.

Entries by Christopher Rodrigues

Chinese Tourists: What's All the Fuss About?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 June 2014 | (12:57)

Chinese tourists love Britain. They love our heritage, our museums, our quaint country villages and, of course, our shops. Many of them will also happily admit they have a slight obsessions with Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes.

The good news is, Chinese tourists are coming to Britain...

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Pfizer Grabs Headlines But Tourism Is the Industry to Watch

(0) Comments | Posted 2 June 2014 | (12:56)

British tourism is an export industry which can't be sold to the highest bidder and shipped overseas. Pfizer's bid for AstraZeneca has flooded Britain's news channels, eclipsing the air time given to many other valuable sectors.

The pharmaceutical industry in the UK is worth £30 billion and employs 70,000 people....

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The Inexorable Rise of Regional Tourism

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (14:32)

The latest tourism figures are in and they are a cause for celebration. One of VisitBritain's key objectives is to boost the regional spread of inbound tourism to ensure its economic benefits are felt all over Britain. Last year saw that happen, with every nation across the country welcoming an...

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Tourism - The Industry Leading This Country Into Growth

(13) Comments | Posted 30 November 2012 | (23:00)

Britain has had a great year on the world stage but now comes the hard work to turn that global spotlight into visitors and growth for our economy.

International tourism - an industry where Britain already punches above its weight - can deliver.

As things stand we are at...

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