Who are we...

We are industry working for industry.

Tourism is made up of all sizes of businesses, from the large national organisation down to the small independently run micro business. We believe we’re all equally important and want to help give everyone the chance to shine. We raise our own funds and do not charge local businesses for the work we do.

VisitDundee was created and is operated as a social enterprise by representatives of Dundee’s tourism and hospitality industry to provide independent, industry led marketing support to our fellow businesses and organisations that operate in the Dundee area. Who knows tourism better than those who do it, day in, day out.

We are industry working for industry to promote Dundee; a fantastic short break destination where visitors have so much to discover.

Paul formed VisitDundee in 2018 and has Chaired the organisation since then.

Dr. Paul Jennings has worked in the tourism industry for over twenty-four years. During that time he has led eight different visitor attractions including Dundee Science Centre, Discovery Point and Verdant Works.

  • Favourite place to meet up in Dundee? – “Love Hard Grind’ on Exchange Street. Great coffee and a funky vibe.”
  • Must see in Dundee? – ‘Visit the original V&A! The McManus or as it used to known; the Victoria and Albert Institute. It’s a fantastic museum.”
  • Great Experience in the area? – “Only 30 minutes north and you’ll find a whole new world of mountains. The Angus Glens are spectacular, especially the wow factor of seeing Corrie Fee for the first time.”

Paul Jennings

VisitDundee Chairman

Sarah is Head of Operations at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Prior to that role, Sarah worked on the development of V&A Dundee, and within Edinburgh Festivals, including as Executive Director of Edinburgh International Book Festival and setting up Festivals Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Culture Summit.

  • Favourite place to meet up in Dundee? – ‘Rep Restaurant: their coffee and brunches fuel me.’
  • Must see in Dundee? – ‘McManus is a great resource of city stories, including their new exhibit The Street.’
  • Great Experience in the area? – ‘Walking along the River whether towards Invergowrie, past Discovery and V&A Dundee or along the beach at Broughty Ferry: the River and views are always incredible.’

Sarah Loveday

Dundee Rep Theatre

Dale has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years and with Malmaison Dundee since 2019. Prior to that he worked for Radisson hotels and was involved in the opening of their first Hotel Missoni in 2009 before moving to their Radisson Blu brand in 2013 as an Operations Manager. Subsequent management roles have taken him to Belgium, South Africa and now Dundee.

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Dale Simpson

Malmaison Hotel

Diana is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). She has significant experience in the private and charity sectors. Diana is an audit partner with Henderson Loggie where she is head of the Tourism and Hospitality.

With close links to Dundee for over a century Henderson Loggie work collaboratively with businesses to encourage growth and bring vibrancy to the city.

  • Favourite place to meet up in Dundee? – ‘The Kilted Kangaroo, just off Perth Road. Love the atmosphere.’
  • Must see in Dundee? – ‘V&A Dundee. The architecture, the vibe, the style.’
  • Great Experience in the area? – ‘Getting to know more about Dundee’s industrial heritage at the Verdant Works.’

Diana Penny

Henderson Loggie

Keith represents the University of Dundee on the Board of VisitDundee, reflecting the close relationship between the University and the city. The University has played a leading role in the establishment of major initiatives in Dundee such as the V&A Dundee and will also be deeply engaged in the forthcoming Eden Project Dundee.

  • Favourite place to meet up in Dundee? – ‘Jute Cafe & Bar, inside DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts)’
  • Must see in Dundee? – ‘HMS Unicorn’
  • Great Experience in the area? – ‘A day out exploring Dundee Botanic Garden

Keith Dinnie

Dundee University

Manny Baber is the General Manager of Staybridge Suites and Hotel Indigo in Dundee. Passionate about supporting Dundee’s growth as a visitor destination, Manny is also Chair of the local accommodation Association (DAVAA) and Board member of the Dundee Chamber of Commerce.

  • Favourite place to meet up in Dundee? – ‘Oshibori. Fantastic Japanese restaurant.’
  • Must see in Dundee? – ‘Captain Scott’s ship, RRS Discovery. Sitting proudly to welcome all visitors to the city.’
  • Great Experience in the area? – Kayaking from Broughty Ferry up the Tay and enjoying some amazing sunsets.’

Manny Baber

Staybridge Suites and Hotel Indigo

Mike is currently Chair of the Business Events Development Group in Dundee, but with a career spanning over 30 years working in hotel brands such as Swallow and Hilton he brings a huge amount experience and knowledge to the VisitDundee Board.

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Mike Metcalfe

Dundee Business Events Development Group

Kim has worked in marketing for over 16 years at Dundee Heritage Trust and currently sits on the board at Dundee Museum of Transport

  • Favourite place to meet up in Dundee? – ‘My favourite place for lunch or dinner in Dundee is Gallery 48 – a cool little Tapas Bar which serves super tasty food in a relaxed atmosphere with amazing staff.  You could spend a few hours there just grazing on their delicious treats, I’m not a vegetarian but, their broccoli with garlic and almonds is a favourite as is their spinach with pine nuts and raisins.  Lots of treats to tantalise the taste buds and very reasonable prices too.  Buen apetito!!’
  • Must see in Dundee? – ‘I never tire of visiting the McManus Galleries, it is an amazing building both inside and out, has a programme of brilliant exhibitions, a great little restaurant and a gift shop that just constantly has me opening my purse!!  You could easily spend the day there and admission is free, so why wouldn’t you?’
  • Great Experience in the area? – ‘I may be well know for sitting around sipping a G&T more often than not, but this year I started venturing into the North Sea with my sisters, and have been dipping in and out of the tidal pools in the East Neuk since April.  Initially in a wetsuit, but during the summer just in ‘skins’ (the OWS slang for swimsuit!!).  Something that I haven’t experienced yet, but definitely on my bucket list for next year is Wildshore Dundee, which is based at City Quay, an aqua adventure park, right on the doorstep, so watch this space!!!’

Kim Adamson

Dundee Museum of Transport

Stuart is the main contact for VisitDundee and constantly engages with the local business community to make sure that, through VisitDundee’s marketing, industry is working to support industry.

With experience in the hotel, restaurant and bar industry in Aberdeen, Stuart relocated to Dundee in 2010 and has served as the Dundee & Angus Visitor Accommodation Association (DAVAA) Secretary since 2016. He is also a founding Board Member of the Angus Tourism Cooperative.

  • Favourite place to meet up in Dundee? – ‘One of the many great independent coffee shops and tea rooms in Dundee.’
  • Must see in Dundee? – ‘Explore the city on foot in our compact and very interesting city.’
  • Great Experience in the area? – ‘Pick a clear night and head towards Mills Observatory. Perfect winter nights’ activity.’

Stuart Clark

Business Development Manager for VisitDundee

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