Surrey graduate named rising star in travel industry
A Surrey graduate has been named as one of the travel industry’s most inspiring people for his contribution to the sector.
Mark Lowman, who graduated with a BSc in International Hospitality Management in 2011, has been selected as one of the 30 under 30: Tomorrow's Travel Leaders by Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) and TUI Travel.
Since leaving Surrey, Mark has completed management training within some of the top hospitality operations in the UK including The Ritz in London, five-star Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Surrey and, more recently, as sales manager for Princess Cruises.
He said: “I am incredibly honoured to have been selected. The scheme has been running for three years and has provided a fantastic platform for young professionals’ career development with many young stars since going on to lead some of the top travel businesses globally.
“I am particularly excited about working alongside my 30 under 30 colleagues to spearhead the development of other young talent both from within the industry or those looking to undertake a career in what is arguably one of the most important and dynamic industries in the UK today.”
As part of the final 30, Mark will receive free membership to the Institute of Travel and Tourism, and will be invited to a series of networking dinners and events, with speakers drawn from the most senior levels within the sector.
Daniel Pearce, Managing Director, TTG Media said: “There are countless networking events in travel, but there aren’t many opportunities for the younger stars in the business to meet, to network and to be inspired by some of travel’s current leaders.
“Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders not only celebrates these individuals but also gives them a real opportunity to learn from some of the most senior people in the industry as well as each other. I’d personally like to congratulate Mark on making it to the final 30.”
Mark is the second Surrey alumnus to have been honoured in this way, Matthew Gardiner, who graduated in Management and Tourism in 2006, was named one of the 30 under 30 in 2013.