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Paul Garcia is returning to San Diego, taking on the role of Director of Communications at the San Diego Tourism Authority. He had previously been in senior executive communications roles at West Hollywood Travel & Tourism, Hong Kong Tourism Board, and Crystal Cruises.
Louisiana Travel Association / Louisiana Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus has appointed Kim Dodd Boasso as President/CEO from January 1, 2023 succeeding Jill Kidder, recently appointed President & CEO at Visit Baton Rouge. She has been advising the Speaker and Speaker Pro Tempore for the Louisiana House of Representatives. She also served as Director of Legislative Affairs in the Office of the Commissioner for the Division of Administration and was a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Bobby Jindal.
In Texas, Brady Closson has been appointed CEO of Fredericksburg Convention & Visitors Bureau. He joins from a role as Deputy Executive Director of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, which he joined in 2014.
In Alberta, Canada, Banff & Lake Louise Tourism announced Janet Eger as the Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Brand Engagement. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communication management with companies including Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.
Visit Tampa Bay welcomes Maggie Webber as its new Director of Partner Development. She joins from Tampa Theatre where she had been VP, Director of Development since 2017.
Eric Olson has joined Visit Overland Park as Vice President of Sports Tourism and Events. He served most recently as principal for Huddle Up Group, a sports tourism consultancy, as well as Director of Championships for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
In Georgia, Steven Schumacher has been named President of Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. He was previously Director of Sales with Discover Dunwoody, serving also as interim president of that DMO. Schumacher replaces Ellen Archer who recently retired.
Laine Mitchell is the new Partnerships Manager at Visit Oxford, Mississippi. She has been promoted from an administrative role at the DMO.
In West Virginia, Anna Adkins has been promoted from Sales Manager to Director of Sales and Marketing at the Huntington Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has been with the DMO since 2013. Visitors Bureau since 2013.
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Hey, does anyone know a drone pilot? Industry expert Bill Geist, Chief Instigator at DMO Proz, joins us on The Travel Vertical, Episode #37, to talk about the evolution of DMOs and career roles, as well as outsourcing, movement to the private sector, and other trends. For a conversation you won’t want to miss, click here.
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Southeast Tourism Society is seeking proposals from partner destinations to host two annual educational and networking events. The new deadline for submissions is September 30, 2022.
- STS Domestic Showcase – Open dates for Winter 2024 and Winter 2025. See the STS Domestic Showcase event overview. See RFP details.
- STS Connections – Open dates for Fall 2023, Fall 2024 and Fall 2025. See the STS Connections event overview. See RFP details.
Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for Syndicated Tourism Survey Services for Fiscal Years 2023- 2025. The contractor shall provide access to a business intelligence system which includes aggregated data, collected, and compiled by the contractor. Deadline 9/30/2022. More details are found here.
Park City Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is seeking a full-service agency to provide strategic guidance and creative and media services to develop the Park City Chamber of Commerce and Visit Park City brand and promote tourism, driving overnight visitation while reinforcing Park City’s sustainable tourism initiatives. The agency is required to be a full-service agency with strong research and strategic planning, creative development, CRM, website design and development, media and measurement, analytics and content production, with tourism experience. The initial scope of work will be from award date, anticipated as January 2023, through June 2025, with the option of three one-year extensions to be explored later. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. MDT on Sept. 29. Contact: ginge[email protected]
Joplin, Missouri, a city of more than 50,000 population, wants to hire a firm to complete a “tourism venue needs assessment” plan to serve as a blueprint to attract more visitors.
Bellevue, Washington, home of Amazon and T-Mobile, is looking for a public relations agency that can build awareness of the city and its position as a premier visitor destination.
Chaffee County, Colorado is requesting proposals from tourism marketing agencies that can redesign the county visitors bureau’s website.
Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society is seeking an agency that can provide marketing services for a statewide campaign meant to raise awareness and increase engagement of the state’s parks.
Franklin County, Florida, in the Sunshine State’s panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico, has issued a series of Request for Qualifications for firms that can perform marketing duties for the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.
New York State’s Rockland County plans to hire a firm to promote tourism to the “Gateway to the Hudson Valley” region.
Pine County, Minnesota, home to the Grand Casino Hinckley, is seeking proposals from firms that can devise a new brand, slogan and logo that attracts visitors to the county as well as future businesses and residents.
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Deputy Executive Director — Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet Office of Marketing & Public Affairs — Tourism, Arts and Heritage (closes 9/25/22)
Global Travel Industry Sales Manager & Regional District Liaison — Connecticut Office of Tourism (new, closes 9/30/22)
Senior Manager Integrated Media — Visit Florida (new)
Manager of International Marketing AND Digital Corporate Communications Manager AND Content Manager AND Public Relations Manager AND Marketing Executive Assistant — Visit California
Social Media Manager — Iowa Tourism Office (new)
International Tourism Manager AND Destination Development Specialist — Virginia Tourism Corporation
Chief Development Officer — Texas Travel Alliance
Digital Marketing Specialist — Travel Wisconsin (new)
Tourism Marketing Coordinator — South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism (new)
Rural Tourism Program Manager AND Tourism Initiatives Coordinator — Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (new)
Chief Executive Officer — Discover Santa Clara, CA
President — Discover Stillwater, MN
President & CEO — Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, MO
President & CEO — Visit Greenville, SC
President & CEO — Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Bureau, WA
Executive Director — Pacific County Convention & Visitors Bureau, WA
Executive Director — Visit Walla Walla, WA
Executive Director — Visit Bath, VA
Executive Director — Explore Sisters, OR
Executive Director — Visit Bend, OR
Executive Director — Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau, MS
Executive Director — Visit Fergus Falls, MN
Executive Director — Visit Chico, CA
Executive Director — Visit Gilroy, CA
Executive Director — Downtown Vacaville, CA
Executive Director — Explore Butte County, CA
Executive Director — Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau, OH
Executive Director — Great Lakes Sports Commission, MI
Executive Director/CEO — Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, LA
Chief Marketing Officer — Visit Williamsburg
Director of the Film & Creative Industries Office — Visit Dallas
Senior Vice President of Community Engagement & Public Affairs AND Director Destination & Convention Services AND Public Relations Manager-Meetings AND Events Manager AND Office Coordinator — Visit Seattle
Vice President of Destination Development & Community Engagement — Visit Albuquerque (new)
Vice President of Brand & Integrated Marketing — Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
Vice President of Marketing & Communications AND Director of Downtown Initiatives — Experience Fayetteville, AR
Vice President of Business Development AND Director of Marketing AND Events & Engagement Manger AND Public Relations Manager AND Operations Manager AND Content Creator AND Group Service Coordinator AND Office Assistant AND Sales & Marketing Assistant — Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Vice President of Finance & Administration — Visit Franklin, TN
Vice President of Sales — Visit Wichita
Senior Director of Human Resources & Culture — Destinations International
Director of Marketing Partnerships (new) AND Director of Media AND Regional Director/Sales Manager AND Senior Video Editor AND Administrative Assistant — NYC & Company
Director of Marketing AND Director of Advocacy & Stewardship — Discover Long Island, NY
Director of Market Research AND Manager of Visitor Services — Meet Minneapolis
Director of Tourism, Sports & Entertainment — City of Boston
Director of Community Relations — Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, CA
Director of Destination Management — Visit Mankato, MN
Director of Tourism Partnerships — One Spartanburg, Inc., SC (new)
Deputy Director of Marketing — Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL
Deputy Director of Tourism — Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, FL
Director of Community Engagement & Destination Stewardship — Glacier Country Regional Tourism Commission, MT
Director of Destination Services AND Administrative Manager Sales & Services AND Event Manager AND Event Coordinator — Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
Communications Director AND Visitor Specialist/Executive Assistant — New Smyrna Beach Visitors Bureau, FL (new)
Digital Marketing & Content Manager — Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority, NC
Interactive Media Coordinator — City of Orlando-Downtown Development Board/Community Redevelopment Agency (new)
Senior Manager Global Trade Development-Americas AND Coordinator Integrated Marketing AND Senior Coordinator Branding & Design AND Senior Coordinator Campaign Management AND Senior Coordinator Global Trade Development AND Coordinator Global Trade Development AND Executive Assistant to the President & CEO — Brand USA
Advertising & Graphic Marketing Manager — Visit Winston-Salem, NC
Digital Content Developer — Visit Bloomington, IN (new)
Partnership Engagement Manager — Destination Madison, WI
Event Manager — Visit Detroit (new)
Event Manager — Explore St. Louis (new)
Senior Manager-PR & Communications AND Public Relations Manager AND Digital Marketing Manager— Visit Lauderdale
Marketing Manager AND Media Relations Manager — Choose Chicago
Marketing Manager AND Digital Web Manager AND Digital Content Manager — Visit Philadelphia (new)
Strategic Marketing Manager — Visit Mesa, AZ
Director of Communications AND Sports Development Manager AND Executive Assistant — Visit Corpus Christi, TX
Public Relations Manager — Visit Panama City Beach, FL
Public Relations Manager — Visit Santa Barbara, CA
Communications Manager — Sonoma County Tourism, CA
Communications Manager — Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, CA
Communications Specialist — Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (new)
Contract Content Creator — Visit York County, SC (deadline 10/1/22)
Communications Manager AND Marketing Communications Specialist AND Sports Marketing & Sales Event Coordinator AND National Sales Manager AND IT Support Specialist — Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Public Relations Specialist — Experience Columbus, OH
Destination Marketing Manager — Destination Bryan, TX
Sports Sales Manager — Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sales & Services Manager — Visit Oakland
Partnerships Manager AND Membership Manager AND Communications Coordinator AND Tourism & Visitor Services Specialist AND Senior Manager In-House Group Sales AND Convention Services Manager (new) — Destination DC
Business Analyst AND Data Scientist AND Data Analyst — Visit Grand Junction, CO
Coordinator Sales & International Tourism — Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tourism Marketing & Engagement Specialist — Meadowlands Chamber, NJ
Membership Engagement Specialist — Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, MA
Marketing Coordinator — Discover Central Massachusetts
Visitor Services Manager — Visit Billings, MT
Retail Sales Manager — Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, NC
Senior National Accounts Director AND Digital Design Specialist — Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Senior National Sales Manager-Medical — Experience Rochester, MN
National Sales Manager — Explore Scottsdale
Regional Director of Sales-West Coast — Visit Baltimore
Corporate Citywide Sales Manager AND Mid-Market Sales Manager AND Marketing Coordinator — Visit Denver
International Account Manager AND National Account Director AND Executive Assistant Project Manager — Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Director of Sales — Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, GA
Director of National Accounts — Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, TX
Director of Group Sales — Visit Vancouver, WA
Sales Manager — Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, MI
Executive Office Manager — Visit Napa Valley, CA (new)
Vice President Marketing — Tourism Ireland, NYC (new)
Vice President of Sales — Bermuda Tourism Authority, NYC
Director PR, North America AND Director of Business Events — Tourism Australia, Los Angeles (new)
Senior Manager Marketing — Hong Kong Tourism Board, Los Angeles
Manager Meetings & Events, Americas — Singapore Tourism Board, San Francisco
Vice President of Marketing and Industry Relations — Arrivalist (new)
Director of Strategic Partnerships AND Engagement Manager (new) — Simpleview
Client Success Specialist — Bandwango (new)
Vice President, Group Manager-Travel, Hospitality & Leisure AND Senior Account Executive-Travel — Ketchum, NYC
Senior Account Executive-Travel & Tourism — Turner Public Relations, NYC
Senior Business Development Manager-Media Sales — Expedia Group Media Solutions, Boston or Wash., DC (new)
Platforms Project Manager AND Accessibility Program Manager AND Marketing Analyst AND Account Manager AND Partner Programs Operations Manager AND Studio Administrator — Miles Partnership (new)
Account Executive (fluent Mandarin) — MMGY Global, San Francisco (new)
Account Executive — Advance Travel & Tourism
Website Developer — Paradise Advertising and Marketing (new)
Product Marketing Manager — Sojern