Margaret McNeil is the Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group, the umbrella organisation for Edinburgh’s tourism sector.
She has over 25 years experience in economic development. Her early career was focussed on large scale mixed use urban regeneration projects within Edinburgh, all of which had a strong tourism component, and she worked on the development of new hotels, visitor attractions, cultural venues and public realm projects.
Over the last 8 years her focus has moved from physical infrastructure to the development of soft infrastructure, through the creation of a strong, cohesive tourism sector partnership structure to support tourism development and delivery within Edinburgh. Her role within the Edinburgh Tourism Action Group is to bring together the large and diverse range of local and national stakeholders, public agencies and private sector businesses that are responsible for delivering the visitor experience in Edinburgh and ensure that they work effectively together to meet the city’s ambitious growth targets.
She is a passionate advocate of destination leadership and the co-founder of the Scottish Tourism Destination Leaders Programme, the first course of its kind in the UK.
Margaret has a Bachelors Degree in Business Development & Marketing and a Diploma Local Economic Development.