Tributes paid to former tourism figurehead.

Tributes have been paid to Julian Burrell, OBE, a leading tourism figure in Wales who championed the industry for more than 40 years.

Julian Burrell talking to the Prince of Wales
Julian Burrell talking to the Prince of Wales

Julian, who was 76 and lived with his wife Anita near Tregaron, died at the weekend.

He was a founder member and former chair of the Wales Tourism Alliance.

In 2006, he was awarded an OBE for his services to tourism and received a National Tourism Award in 2010 for his outstanding contribution to the tourism industry.

He was a senior partner in Wales Holidays, a letting agency for more than 500 self-catering cottages, from 1978 to 2013, recognising tourism’s wider value and benefit to Wales.

During his volunteer work for tourism he represented the industry in the Senedd and Westminster and even had afternoon tea and a discussion about tourism with the Prince of Wales on board the Royal train between Carmarthen and Cardiff.

Current chairman of the Alliance, Andrew Campbell said: “Julian’s passing is a very sad loss to tourism in Wales. He was a most influential figure who strove to make a difference and succeeded.

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