Attractions industry news

14 Nov 2017

Drayton Manor’s Colin Bryan receives honour at Buckingham Palace

The head of Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth, Staffordshire, has collected an OBE for his lifetime services to leisure tourism, his philanthropy, and charity work.

Colin Bryan, whose parents founded the theme park in 1950, received the honour at an awards ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Friday (10 November).

Bryan has worked at the park since he was a boy, spending time in almost every department – even training as a chef to better understand the food and beverage side of the business.

“It's in my blood so I feel very honoured to receive this OBE," said Bryan. "I still love watching our guests have fun, enjoying themselves, knowing I have played a part in that.

“The park truly is a family affair: it began with my parent’s passion to create somewhere magical for people to visit after the war. It is our whole family’s life works and I couldn’t be more proud.”

On the charity side, Bryan is a patron of KidsOut, and has hosted a charity event for the organisation at Drayton Manor every year for the past 25 years. This year, more than 5,000 disadvantaged, disabled or troubled children got to enjoy the experience.

Bryan is also involved with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Midlands Air Ambulance, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, St Giles Hospice, the National Autistic Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, among others.

Bryan was named on the New Year's Honours list 2017 in January and received the award from Prince William on 10 November.

<< Back

News powered by attractionsmanagement.com

Arts Council’s new diversity report shows BME representation below English average

Only 5 per cent of staff members are not white at Arts Council England (ACE) major partner museums (MPMs) while 16 per cent of the working age population are from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in England, a new report from the organisation has found. [more...]

IAAPA winter forum addresses crisis issues

Crisis management and public relations were mixed with water and wildlife as more than 60 attractions industry professionals from 14 countries attended trade association IAAPA’s EMEA Winter Forum in the Canary Islands, Spain, at the end of January 2019. [more...]

VisitScotland launches app for Chinese visitors

VisitScotland is looking to tap into one of the largest outbound tourism markets by launching a new app targeting millions of Chinese social media users. [more...]

National Museum of Scotland completes 15-year £80m regeneration

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh has completed the final phase of an £80m (US$103.5m, €91.3m) transformation, leading to what it says is the “creation of a world-class museum”. [more...]

Gulliver’s seeking applicants for 2019 trainee management scheme

UK theme park operator Gulliver’s is on the lookout for applicants for its in-house management training programme, seeking fresh new talent to lead the company in the future. [more...]

Museums Association details 'No Deal Brexit' concerns

The UK’s Museums Association (MA) has urged politicians to take “all necessary action” to avoid the UK leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. [more...]

In brief:

Heritage Lottery Fund rebrands as body reveals five-year plan @HeritageFundUK [more...]
Glasgow Science Centre £4m revamp aiming to increase visitor diversity @gsc1 [more...]
World War 2 museum opens at London airfield @BigginHillMMT [more...]
UK tourism industry set to benefit from increase in Chinese visitors @VisitBritain [more...]
Gringotts coming to Harry Potter studio tour in London attraction's largest-ever expansion @wbtourlondon [more...]
Design for life change: V&A Dundee director seeks to inspire through creativity @VADundee [more...]
National Portrait Gallery announces £35.5m facelift details @NPGLondon [more...]
Coastal heritage gets a £1m boost from UK Government @mhclg [more...]
Arts Council offer “No deal” Brexit advice for culture organisations in Britain @ace_national [more...]
More news from attractionsmanagement.com>>
<< Back