Founder of Barrhead Travel to speak at Moffat Lecture

28 October 2016

Bill Munro

Bill Munro

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will welcome the Founder and Chairman of Barrhead Travel, one of the largest independent travel agencies in the UK, to deliver the 2016 Moffat Lecture.

Speaking in conversation with Professor John Lennon, Director of the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Development, Barrhead Travel’s Bill Munro will share his reflections on a life in travel, telling the story of how his business grew from a small shop in Barrhead to now employing over 900 staff in 61 locations across the UK.

Bill will provide insight into how his innovative approach has helped Barrhead Travel become a market leader, overcoming the impact of conflict, ash clouds and recessions.

The event, from 6pm on Tuesday, November 1, will also provide the opportunity to celebrate new talent, with Moffat Scholarships presented to eight GCU tourism and events students.

The Moffat Scholarships were established in 1998 through generous funding from the Moffat Charitable Trust which established the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, a recognised leader in tourism business development and research, and nurturing new industry talent.

A recent tourism graduate will receive the Dr Margie Moffat Prize, funded by GCU in recognition of the contribution made by the Moffat family.

Professor John Lennon said: “Tourism is a central focus at Glasgow Caledonian University and we are delighted to welcome Bill Munro to hear how he developed Barrhead Travel into such a thriving business. The Moffat Lecture is also an opportunity to express our thanks to the Moffat Charitable Trust for its support which has been vital in helping our students to prepare for excellent careers in the international tourism, travel and events sector.”

Register for the 2016 Moffat Lecture which takes place in the Lantern, Hamish Wood Building.