Simon Calder receives Honorary Fellowship of The Tourism Society

Tuesday November 11, 2014

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14 November 2014

Simon Calder made an honorary Fellow of the Tourism Society

Speaking last night to the Tourism Consultants Network, a specialist section of the Tourism Society, Simon Calder – “the man who pays his way” - discussed the many challenges facing a travel writer in the age of the Internet, and highlighted some curious basic shortcomings in the UK’s tourist services, overshadowed by some very notable recent achievements.

Simon was responding to the award of an honorary Fellowship of the Tourism Society, made in recognition of his significant contribution to a wider understanding of how tourism works. This was the third event of its kind this year, made to honour high achievers in UK tourism, following awards to Clive Jacobs (founder of Holiday Autos) and Peter Long (CEO of TUI Travel plc).

In response to TCN Chairman Roger Goodacre’s brief summary of his career and achievements - from maths teacher to writer of budget travel guides, travel editor of the Independent and frequent TV appearances, not forgetting his winning of Celebrity Mastermind! - Simon raised some thought-provoking issues while taking an amusing look at some of the eccentricities he’s witnessed in his travels around the globe.

The presentation concluded with some elegant words of tribute by Ken Robinson CBE, one of the founders of the Tourism Society, who said that while the Tourism Society had recognised Simon’s personal contribution and expertise by the award of the Fellowship, it was important to acknowledge that through his journalistic integrity he had been accepted as a reliable and impartial source of information in the broadcast and print media and that this had been a great benefit to all of us in tourism - for which the Tourism Society expressed its sincere thanks.

The evening also provided an opportunity to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tourism Consultants Network (TCN). Established in 1989, it is now the biggest association of specialist tourism consultants in Europe, offering an unrivalled range of expertise and experience in every area of the tourism industry. Its members’ skills can be searched and viewed online at, under Find a Consultant.


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Notes to editors:


  • Speaker:

Simon Calder, Senior Travel Editor, The Independent


  • The event was held at The Tourism Society Office, 55-56 Lincolns' Inn Fields, London WC1A 3BH