National Travel and Tourism Week, May 1-7, 2022
P E O P L E
Kristin McGrath has been named as the new Executive Director at Visit Pasadena. Her DMO background includes executive sales positions with Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, Richmond Region Tourism, and most recently, at Visit Albuquerque where her role since 2017 has been Vice President of Sales, Services, and Sports.
Kolby Kucyk Gayson is the new Marketing Manager for Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She joins from Florida’s Sports Coast where she was Tourism Communications Manager since 2018.
Jamie Ann Rennick is the new Marketing Director at See Rock City, Inc. at Lookout Mountain, Georgia. She joined as Director of Marketing at American Bicycle Group in Chattanooga.
At Visit Mobile, two new team members are welcomed: Brittany Gagliano, Partnership Manager, and Allison Floyd, Communications and Membership Manager. They have backgrounds in local nonprofits and universities, respectively.
Robert Y. Graff is now Industry Relations specialist for Southern Nevada at the Nevada Division of Tourism (Travel Nevada). He has most recently been VP Sales & Marketing for Bindlestiff Tours, prior to which he spent 17 years with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters / Scenic Airlines.
SoIN Tourism announced Anna Rosales-Crone has joined as Communications Manager. She most recently was with The Parklands of Floyds Fork in Southern Indiana.
At MMGY Global, two promotions are announced: (l to r:) Mia Wise to Executive Vice President of Global HR and Jessica Schwartz to Executive Vice President of Global Media Strategy.
J. Eric Thompson joins RootRez as Senior Director of Sales & Marketing. He had been Senior Vice President of Marketing at Visit Salt Lake for more than two decades and also served on the Advisory Board for eTourism Summit.
Adam Zappia joins the team as Sales Manager at Zartico. Based in Atlanta, his background includes Cox Media, Advance Travel and Tourism, and Adara.
Renee Marpert is the newest Executive Recruiter at SearchWide Global. Based in Seattle, she brings nearly seven years of experience in hospitality recruitment and human resources, including most recently serving as a talent acquisition specialist for a hospitality management & consultancy.
Danielle Ackerman has been promoted to Director of Digital Product at Paradise Advertising & Marketing, Inc., which she joined in 2018. She was previously with Experience Kissimmee.
Gabriel E. Martinez has started a new position as VP, Distribution and Channel Sales at Brightline Trains. He had previously been with GetYourGuide, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, SeaWorld, and Disney.
Stephen Kubiak has been promoted to Senior Manager of Social Media & Content at Universal Parks & Resorts. He had been with Visit Florida for seven years through mid-2019.
P O D C A S T
New podcast: We’re so pleased to catch up with Kyle Edmiston, President & CEO of Visit Lake Charles in Southwest Louisiana (above, far right). Find out why this truly unique destination is described as wearing a “little black dress paired with flip flops,” and what defines the mission and vision for “Louisiana’s Playground” and this dynamic team.
Episode #28 of The Travel Vertical Podcast goes live on Wednesday, May 4 at 7 a.m. ET.
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Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority in North Carolina is inviting qualified firms to submit proposals for two different research initiatives: a visitor profile study and a tourism partner study. Proposals must be received by May 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET. More details here.
Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) is seeking proposals from experienced Massachusetts marketing agencies in public relations, marketing strategy, social media, graphic design, and advertising support services for a marketing campaign to promote Massachusetts to tourists and travelers, as described in the attached RFQ document. Click here for details. Deadline: May 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET.
The City of Solvang, California is inviting qualified firms to submit proposals for Professional Services to provide Tourism Marketing Managed Services from full-service, experienced tourism marketing
/ public relations consultants who can provide professional guidance and oversight, implementation and analysis regarding marketing and communications programs designed to attract tourists. The current Marketing/Media Plan for the Solvang marketing tourism contract ends July 31, 2022. The upcoming budget plan is for two years, with the opportunity to extend the contract another two years. Deadline May 6, 2022, by 5:00 p.m. More details found here.
TOURISM Santa Fe is seeking a high caliber, experienced public relations agency to assist in further defining and meeting the City’s tourism promotion goals. In collaboration with TSF, the Contractor shall perform the Detailed Scope of Work (Section IV, A) to continue to build destination brand awareness, create deep connections with the venturesome traveler, and inspire increased visitation to the city of Santa Fe. The resulting contract will be a single award. This procurement will be executed for a term not to exceed four (4) years. Closing date: May 11, 2022. Bid details found here.
J O B S
Sustainable Development Coordinator for North America & Caribbean — Club Med, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (new)
“Live, work, and play in the Caribbean for one year.” Club Med is recruiting a passionate individual for what could be the greatest new job in the world, at least for its 12-month duration. Travel to eight Club Med Resorts in Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean to support the brand’s ongoing social responsibility efforts and make a positive impact on local communities. Create a one-minute video and click here to apply.
President & CEO AND National Sales Manager — Visit Greenville, SC
President & CEO — Visit Casper, WY
President & CEO — Experience Maple Grove, MN
Chief Executive Officer — Discover Santa Clara, CA
Executive Director — Muncie Visitors Bureau, IN
Executive Director — Visit Visalia, CA
Executive Director — Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, LA
Executive Director/Marketing Director — Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce, NM
SVP-President, Tulsa Regional Tourism/Visit Tulsa
Executive Director-Diversity — Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, PA
Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion — Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, SC
Director — South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, TX
Chief Marketing Officer AND Brand Marketing Manager AND Senior Manager Convention Sales-Southwest/West AND Senior Manager Convention Sales-Southeast/East — Destination Cleveland (new)
Vice President Digital & Media AND Senior Director of Media AND Assistant Manager Communications-International AND Email Marketing & Personalization Coordinator — NYC & Company
Vice President Marketing & PR — City of Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (new)
Vice President of Marketing — Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, IL (new)
Vice President Marketing & Communications AND Website Manager (new) — Shreveport Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau, LA
Executive Vice President — Visit Tucson, AZ
International Marketing Executive — Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Chief Tourism Development Officer — OneSpartanburg, Inc., SC
Director of Tourism — Walton County Board of County Commissioners, FL (new)
Tourism Director — City of Carthage, MO
Director of Marketing & Development — Elizabeth Destination Marketing Organization/Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, NJ (new)
Chief Sales Officer — Explore St. Louis
Senior Vice President of Sales — Choose Chicago
Vice President of Sales — Visit Albuquerque
Vice President of Sales — Visit Wichita
Vice President of Sales & Services — City of Virginia Beach-Convention & Visitors Bureau
National Account Manager-Midwest/West — Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Executive Meetings Manager AND Web Marketing Manager — Visit Denver
Director of Convention Sales AND Senior Accounting Manager — Visit Jacksonville, FL
Director of Sales AND Sales Manager AND Director of Human Resources AND Partner Engagement Manager — Visit SLO CAL, San Luis Obispo, CA
Director of Communications — Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, CA
Senior Public Relations Manager AND Copywriter/Editor — Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, NC
Director of Public Relations AND Public Relations Manager — Explore Asheville, NC
Director of Digital Marketing & Media Relations — Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Senior Product Development Manager — Houston First
Senior Manager Destination Services — Discover The Palm Beaches, FL
Senior B2B Marketing Manager — Rhode Island Department of Commerce
Branding Content Coordinator — Visit High Point, NC (new)
Content Editor — Travel Oregon
Tourism Content Creator — Illinois South Tourism
Destination Development Manager — State of Nevada, Human Resources Management
Marketing Manager — Visit Pittsburgh
Marketing Manager — Colorado Tourism Office
Marketing Manager-Tourism Sales — New Orleans & Company
Marketing Manager — Fort Myers-Islands, Beaches & Neighborhoods, Lee County, FL
Leisure and Group Tourism Marketing Manager — Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, GA
Web & Digital Marketing Manager — Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Social Media Manager AND Senior Manager Research AND Partnerships Manager AND Special Events Manager — Destination DC
Digital Marketing Specialist — Visit Detroit
Creative Services Manager — Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, IL
Brand Marketing Manager AND Communications Manager AND Content Manager — Visit Napa Valley, CA
Public Relations Manager — Sonoma County Tourism, CA
Public Relations Manager — Memphis Tourism, TN
Public Relations & Communications Manager — Destination Madison, WI
Destination Sales Leader — Visit Lake Geneva, WI
Brand Ambassador — Discover Green Bay, WI
Destination Specialist — Newport Beach & Company, CA
Senior Coordinator, Sales & Marketing Operations — Visit Seattle
Marketing Coordinator — Travel Wisconsin
Sales Manager — Traverse City Tourism, MI
Sales Manager — Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau, IA
Marketing Communications Manager — Explore Gwinnett (Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau), GA (new)
Marketing Manager — City of College Station, TX
Communications & Marketing Specialist — City of Fife, WA
Director of Group Sales — Visit Vancouver, WA
Tourism Group Sales & Marketing Specialist — City of Golden, CO
Communications Manager — Visit Carlsbad, CA (new)
Communications Manager — San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, CA ***
Senior Research Manager — Arizona Office of Tourism
Data Analyst AND Business Analyst — Visit Grand Junction, CO
Manager of Technology & Office Operations — Visit Baltimore
Economic Development Counselor — County of Rockland, NY
Sales Manager — Discover Lehigh Valley, PA
DC-based National Account Manager AND Marketing Coordinator AND Convention Services Coordinator — Visit KC, MO
Marketing Coordinator-Project (through Sept 2023) — Travel Wisconsin (state resident; new)
Marketing Coordinator — Visit Harford, MD (new)
Marketing Coordinator — Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, CA
Marketing & Events Coordinator — Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce, SD
Executive Assistant — Visit Williamsburg, VA
Visitor Services Manager — Visit Billings, MT
Administrative Assistant — Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA), remote (part-time, new)
Public Relations Executive — Visit Britain, Sydney, Australia (new)
Marketing Data Analyst — Destination BC, Vancouver, Canada
Digital Marketing Specialist — Cayman Island Department of Tourism, NYC
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications AND Champion of People & Culture — Destinations International, Wash., D.C.
Deputy Director — The Bronx Tourism Council, NYC
Deputy Director — Orange County Convention Center, Orlando (new)
General Manager — Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
General Manager — Lynnwood Convention Center, WA
Manager Tourism, Convention & Events — City of Dallas
Director Sales & Marketing — Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX
Senior Vice President — Longwoods International, Columbus, OH or remote (new)
Research Director AND Research Operations Manager — Destination Analysts, remote (new)
Vice President of Sales — MPI, Dallas (new)
Global Tourism Reporter — Skift, remote
Destination Manager — Expedia Group, Seattle
Customer Success Manager — CrowdRiff
SEO Analyst AND Digital Copy Editor — Simpleview
Interactive Producer AND Web Developer AND IT Specialist AND Accessibility Program Director AND Senior Art Director AND Content Manager (x2) AND Content Coordinator AND Accessibility Specialist AND Website Quality Assurance Specialist AND Business Analyst (new) AND Senior Creative Producer-Original Programming (new) AND Associate Producer-Original Programming (new) AND Advertising Account Manager (new) AND Account Supervisor-Anchorage, Alaska (new) AND Senior Programmatic Media Buyer (new) — Miles Partnership
Content Director AND Digital Project Manager AND Account Coordinator — Paradise Advertising & Marketing, Inc., remote
Content Writer — Digital Edge Marketing Agency, hybrid
Travel Trade Marketing Manager AND Content Marketing Coordinator — Development Counsellors International, hybrid
Account Supervisor — ELMNTL, remote (new)
Director Destination Strategy (West) — Madden Media, remote
Social Media Manager-Fresno AND Social Media Manager-Culver City — MMGY Global, CA
Senior Digital Media Buyer — Love Communications, Salt Lake City metro
Research/Data Analyst — RRC Associates, Colorado or remote (new)
Content Analyst AND Ad Operations Analyst — Tempest, Philadelphia
Sales Manager Tourism — Journera, remote (new)
Media Director — Aqua Marketing & Communications, St. Petersburg, FL
Marketing Director — Civil Rights Tour of America, Miami, FL (new)
Digital Producer — Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products-Technology & Digital, Celebration, FL
Digital Marketing Manager — Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, PA
Quality Assurance Analyst — Herschend Family Entertainment, hybrid
Social Media Manager — Navy Pier, Chicago
Marketing Manager — National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, KY
Marketing Manager — Space Center Houston
Senior Staff Analyst/Writer, PR Specialist AND Staff Analyst/Social Media, Communications Specialist — Houston Airports
Director of Digital Marketing & PR — Four Seasons Hotel Austin, TX (new)
Senior Manager Communications — San Francisco 49ers
Tourism Development Manager — San Francisco Giants
Airport Communications Officer — San Francisco International Airport, CA
Vice President of Marketing — SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Tampa, FL
Director of Marketing Communications — Cleveland Museum of Art
General Manager-Destination Marketing AND Manager Destination Marketing-Strategic Growth Markets AND Manager-MICE AND Project Coordinator-Community Engagement — Delta Air Lines, Atlanta
Manager Public Relations — Holland America Line, Seattle, Miami, or remote on the East Coast
Coordinator Web Content — Historic Hotels of America, Wash., DC
Director of Content & Creative — U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, Park City, UT (new)
*** Last week, this DMO announced a rebrand to The San Francisco Peninsula. The project was undertaken with Simpleview.