A number of Britain’s most well-known companies from British Airways to Thomas Cook built their global brands off tourism. A number of great British entrepreneurs, such as Mike Gooley of Trailfinders, Sir Brian Souter of Stagecoach, and hotel developers such as Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia and Jasminder Singh have made their names in the hospitality and tourism trade.
Sukhpal Singh Ahluwalia knows the power of immigration. Born in Uganda when the British Empire was in its heyday, he was forced to flee his home country for a new life in Britain in 1972. Then he went to work. Ahluwalia was 19 when he bought a struggling auto parts business in London. He sold the company -- Euro Car Parts -- for £280 million ($375 million) in 2011 after creating thousands of jobs.