Alistair Handyside MBE
PASC UK Ltd
Alistair Handyside owns Higher Wiscombe Holiday Cottages with his wife Lorna. The business is rated at Five Star Gold and has won numerous Green awards. Higher Wiscombe is also one of a small handful of tourism businesses to have won two National Gold Awards, for best Holiday Cottages and best Dog Friendly Business from Visit England, the National Tourist Board. Prior to establishing Higher Wiscombe in 2005, Alistair was a senior executive in IT for twenty-five years.
Alistair was instrumental in the successful establishment of PASC UK, the Professional Association of Self-Caterers, which focusses on a fairer regulation and taxation regime for the sector. He has recently negotiated a reduction in Business Rates for all English and Welsh self-caterers and leads the sector in the drive for all paid accommodation to be safe and legal.
Alistair is also active in lobbying for support for the wider tourism sector, he is Chair of the SW Tourism Alliance, Director at the national Tourism Alliance, is Vice Chairman of the East Devon AONB and was until recently Chair of Premier Cottages and the South West Coast Path.
Alistair was awarded an MBE in the June 2018 Queens Honours for his services to tourism.