Lynn Osmond has been appointed as the new President & CEO of Choose Chicago. The first woman to helm the city’s tourism agency, she has been President & CEO at Chicago Architecture Center for the past 25 years. Osmond succeeds David Whitaker who now leads Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Osmond has a four-year contract at the DMO where her new assignment begins on May 9, 2022.
Gregory O’Dell departs as President & CEO of Events DC to assume the role of President, Venue Management at OVG360 where he will oversee 230 venues nationwide, including stadiums, arenas, convention centers, performing arts centers, cultural institutions, casinos, and fairgrounds. His appointment follows OVG’s acquisition of Spectra late last year, creating a full-service live events and entertainment company.
Lauren Salisbury is the newly promoted Head of Global Communications at Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, which she joined in May 2021. She was previously with Santa Monica Travel & Tourism as well as MMGY Global.
Samuel Dangerfield III is the newly appointed Director of Sports Relations at Visit Lake Charles. He joins from Alexandria/Pineville Convention & Visitors Bureau where he was Sports Sales Manager for more than nine years.
Jason Cutshaw is the new Chief Financial Officer at Visit Colorado Springs, succeeding Jim Cassidy who is retiring. Cutshaw departs Walton County Tourism Department in Florida, where he has served since 2016 as both Director of Administration and Interim Executive Director.
Monica Dickinson takes on the role of Chief Executive Officer at Tourism Kamloops in British Columbia, Canada, which she joined in 2007.
Shane Jackson is the newly appointed National Accounts Manager for the Northeast Market at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. He joins from Marriott and had previously been a national sales manager at the city’s Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Four announcements from San Francisco Travel Association (l. to r.): Lynn Bruni-Perkins, who has been with the DMO for 14 years, is promoted to Senior Vice President Global Marketing Communications. Daniel Schwartz is promoted to Senior Director Global Tourism Development. Cassandra Costello is promoted to Executive Vice President Public Policy & Executive Programs and Jessica Lum is promoted to Senior Director Public Policy & Executive Office Programs.
Four announcements from Visit Mobile (l. to r.): Charlotte Keel is Executive Coordinator. Meredith Guzy Turncliff has been promoted to Director of Digital Strategies. Abigail Wise joins the team as Digital Content Coordinator, coming across from Discover Monroe-West Monroe. Tracey Adams recently joined as National Sales Manager.
S. Renee Wilson is joining NYC & Company where she takes on the role of Director, Tourism Market Development: Canada and US. She departs as Director of Sales at Running Subway Productions, an innovative entertainment production company.
Mary E. Young joins Visit Phoenix as Destination Services Manager. She joins from Hermosa Inn, a Paradise Valley luxury boutique property.
In Tennessee, Shan Williams Stout has been named Director of Tourism for the Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors Bureau.
Danielle Randall joins Zartico as Senior Projects Manager. She had previously been with Travel + Leisure as Senior Project Manager/Senior Business Analyst.
Visit Sacramento welcomes Linda Odell as Director of Human Resources. She brings 17 years of executive management and human resource experience.
Leah Garey has been promoted to Lead Business Development Manager at Expedia Group Media Solutions. She joined the company in 2017 following a role as Domestic Sales Manager at Visit Florida.
Beatriz Guerrero has joined Destination Counsellors International as an Account Executive in New York City.
Jason Dominy has joined Sparkloft Media as Senior Social Media Strategist based in Atlanta.
Orianna E. Guzman has been promoted to Social Media Strategist at Sparkloft Media in Miami.
Merissa Kemberling joins Relic Advertising in Provo, Utah as PR/Content Intern. She comes from a marketing associate role at Utah Valley University.
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Maggie Williams joins the team at Visit Baltimore as Data Analytics Fellow. This 600-hour paid fellowship offers emerging BIPOC leaders the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the destination marketing and travel economic industries. This program is in *proud* collaboration with Tourism Economics.
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Visit Clearfield County, Pennsylvania has issued a Request for Proposal for a new website. Contact: Executive Director Josiah Jones at [email protected] and may also be reached by phone at 814-765-5734. Deadline is April 8, 12 p.m. ET.
State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism: A research project related to vacation rental performance tracking for July 2022 through December 2024. The objective of this RFP is to provide a comprehensive view of the vacation rental accommodations segment performance. DBEDT is seeking a solution that will include at least an 80 percent sample of vacation rental properties by island as reported in the Visitor Plant Inventory (VPI). Reports will be published monthly. Closes on April 1, 2022 at 4 p.m. HST. Link here.
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau in California is seeking a content and social media agency to assist in the strategy and ongoing development of effective content and social media marketing efforts to support the Monterey County brand and promote tourism to the County.
Interested agencies should check out the full RFP, downloadable here: Content & Social Media Marketing Agency Services. Submissions are due Friday, March 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. PT.
Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking proposals from qualified businesses for the content, design, and ad sales of the 2022-2023 edition of the official Athens Georgia Visitors Guide. Bidding agencies should pay particular attention to the Athens brand and website and provide a forward-thinking approach in keeping with the creative energy of the destination. Details here. Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022.
The City of Pismo Beach invites tourism marketing proposals, seeking a full-service, experienced tourism marketing / public relations consultant to provide professional guidance and oversight and implementation and analysis regarding marketing and communications programs designed to attract tourists.
The current Marketing/Media services for the Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau ends June 30, 2022. A contract will be provided by the City and substantially attached to the RFP.
Requests for information should be directed to [email protected]. Interested parties are requested to submit three copies of the proposal, references, and one copy of current tourism work, by 5 p.m. on March 25, 2022 — Attn: Gordon Jackson, City of Pismo Beach/Tourism and Events Department, 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Tourism Australia seeks Public Relations Services for North America (also planning to bring on PR agencies in Australia and New Zealand, China, India, Germany, and Japan, reports PRWeek). The proposed contract term is for up to five years, comprising an initial period of three years and two one-year extension periods. Closes on 25-Mar-2022 4 p.m. (ACT local time). Further information here and at Tourism Australia’s corporate website. Contact: Brett Nolan, tel: +61 2 9361 1210 or tende[email protected].
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President & CEO — U.S. Travel Association
President & CEO — Visit Seattle, WA
President & CEO — Visit Gilroy, CA
Executive Director Tourist Development Council Department — Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners / Discover Palm Beach County, FL (deadline to apply March 25)
Executive Director — Discover Gloucester, MA (new)
Executive Director — Manistee County Visitors Bureau, MI
Director — South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, TX
Chief Tourism Development Officer — One Spartanburg, SC
Chief Financial Officer — Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, OH
Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion AND Director of Partnership AND National Account Executive-Chicago — Meet Minneapolis, MN
Executive Vice President — Visit Tucson, AZ
Vice President of Sales — San Diego Tourism Authority, CA (new)
Vice President Sales & Experiences — Tulsa Regional Chamber, OK
Vice President of Sales AND Sales Manager — Visit Austin, TX
Vice President of Sales — Visit Wichita, KS (new)
Vice President Finance — Hamilton County Tourism, IN
Vice President Americas — Tourism Australia, Los Angeles, CA
Executive Director — Village of Pinecrest, FL (new)
President & CEO — Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce, Vestavia Hills, AL
President & CEO — Waycross-Ware County Development Authority, Waycross, GA
Executive Director — West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission, St. Francisville, LA
Economic Development Project Manager — Carroll Tomorrow, Carrollton, GA
Director of Economic Development — Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, Dawsonville, GA
Director of Conventions & Entertainment Facilities — City of Kansas City, MO (new)
Director of National Accounts Mid-Atlantic Office AND Sales Coordinator — Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, TN
Executive Director Diversity Division AND Global Tourism Coordinator AND Content Manager AND PHL Sports Coordinator AND Marketing & Communications Coordinator AND National Accounts Manager-Midwest/West — Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, PA
Sales Manager AND Senior Event Manager AND Sales Coordinator— ASM Global Official-Philadelphia, PA
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, SC
Senior Director Government Relations AND Director Member Engagement AND Manager Grassroots and PAC AND Senior Designer — U.S. Travel Association
Director CRM & SaaS AND Director Consumer Research AND Director Partner Engagement AND Senior Manager Integrated Marketing AND Senior Manager Partner Marketing AND Senior Manager Digital Analytics AND Senior Coordinator Integrated Marketing and Social Media — Brand USA
Director of Marketing AND Manager Visit Center at Boston Common — Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, MA
Director of Marketing & Communications — Visit El Paso, TX
Director of Marketing — Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, AR
Director of Digital Marketing & Media Relations — Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, OH
Marketing & Sales Director — Visit Durango, CO (new)
Director of Marketing AND Director of Sales AND Director of Human Resources AND Partner Engagement Manager AND Sales Manager — Visit SLO CAL, San Luis Obispo, CA
Brand Marketing Manager AND Content Manager AND Communications Manager — Visit Napa Valley, CA
Associate Director PR/Communications — Visit Denver, CO
Marketing Manager AND National Accounts Director / Mid-Atlantic — Visit Greater Palm Springs, CA
Public Relations Manager — State of Washington Tourism
Manager Content AND Specialist Social Media AND Specialist Digital Marketing AND Supervisor Membership AND Coordinator Membership AND Junior Graphic Designer — Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Senior Copy Director AND Senior UX Designer AND Manager International Marketing AND Coordinator Member Programs & Services — NYC & Company
Senior Manager Research AND Digital Content Manager AND Marketing Events Manager AND Special Events Manager AND Convention Sales Manager AND Executive Meetings Manager AND Administrative Services Coordinator — Destination DC, Washington DC
Director of Tourism & Marketing — Franklin County, VA
Marketing Manager — Richmond Region Tourism – VisitRichmondVA.com
Strategic Marketing Manager — Visit Greenville, SC
Marketing Manager Sales AND PR Communications Manager AND Tourism Manager Sales & Services — Visit Dallas, TX (new)
Communications Manager — Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, CA
Social Media Manager — Tempe Tourism Office, AZ
Research Analyst — Explore Georgia
CRM & Research Analyst — Visit Loudoun, VA
Data Analyst AND Business Analyst — Visit Grand Junction, CO
Web & Digital Marketing Manager — Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, PA
Web Marketing Manager — Visit Denver, CO
Content PR Manager — Visit Clarksville, TN
Content Manager — Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism, CA
Content Producer — Visit Detroit, MI
Digital Content Specialist — Destination BC, Canada
Regional Content Marketing Manager AND Executive Assistant & Offices Services Coordinator — Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, OH
Travel Trade Specialist — Memphis Tourism, TN (new)
Director of Strategic Research & Analysis AND Technical Product Manager AND Convention Services Manager AND Convention Services Coordinator AND Administrative Support Coordinator — Travel Portland, OR
Director Regional Sales AND Executive Meeting Manager AND Customer Relationship Database Manager & Analyst — Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, FL
Director Business Attraction AND Existing Industry Manager — Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, AL
Sales Manager — Experience Columbus, OH
Senior Sales Manager AND Sports/Group Sales Manager AND Sales & Services Manager — Visit Williamsburg, VA
Sales National Accounts / SMERF — Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, TX
Sports & Adventure Marketing Manager — Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office, UT
Sports and Convention Sales Manager — Visit Baton Rouge, LA
Sports Tourism Manager — Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Sandusky, OH
Sales Manager-Sports & Car Clubs — Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Concord, NC (new)
Convention Sales Manager — Visit Visalia, CA
Convention Sales/Tourism Assistant AND Communications Coordinator AND Marcomm Administrative Assistant AND Operations Coordinator External Affairs AND Programming Event Coordinator External Affairs AND Staff Accountant — New Orleans & Company, LA
Destination Development Manager AND Rural Grants Specialist — Travel Nevada
Destination Meetings Manager (Individual Contractor or Agency) — Destination Greater Victoria
Destination Services Coordinator — Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, NC
International & Domestic Sales Coordinator — Experience Kissimmee, FL
Government Affairs & Tourism Coordinator — Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, Thousand Oaks, CA (new)
Copywriter — Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, NC
Marketing Coordinator — Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, CA
Digital Marketing Coordinator — Mammoth Lakes Tourism, CA (new)
Public Relations Coordinator — Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, CA
Public Relations Communications Specialist — Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Zelienople, PA (new)
Communications Manager — SoIN Tourism (Clark-Floyd Counties Convention & Tourism Bureau), IN
Communications & Marketing Manager — Town of Culpeper Tourism & Economic Development Department, VA
Sales & Marketing Coordinator-Special Events — City of Myrtle Beach, SC
Financial Coordinator — Explore Lincoln City, OR
Tourism Manager — Snowmass Village, CO
Tourism Manager — City of College Station, TX
Group Sales Manager — Fort Smith Advertising & Promotion Commission/Convention & Visitors Bureau, AR
Visitor Services Manager — Visit Billings, MT
Events Manager — Downtown Phoenix, Inc., AZ
Events Manager — Clermont County Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Batavia, OH
Business Events Coordinator — Destination Greater Victoria, B.C., Canada
Information Specialist — Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, WI
Digital Marketing Manager — German National Tourist Office, NYC
Senior Public Relations Executive — Tourism New Zealand, Los Angeles, CA
Administrative Assistant — Tahiti Tourisme North America, Los Angeles, CA
Senior Data Advisor AND Data Scientist AND Partner Services Lead AND Product Education Specialist AND Creative Designer and more — Zartico
Director, Destination Strategy (West/Remote) — Madden Media, remote
Sales Director-Southern Territory — Bandwango, Dallas, TX
Marketing Manager AND AI Content Manager AI Content QA Specialist AND Web Designer AND Junior SEO Analyst — Places., remote
Public Relations Manager AND Social Media Manager and more— The Brandon Agency
Content Marketing Manager — Sojern, remote in U.S.
Vice President-Distribution & Channel Sales — Brightline Trains, Miami, FL
Vice President Global Sales — ConferenceDirect
Director of Hospitality Market Analytics, West Coast — CoStar Group, San Francisco,CA
Director of Marketing & Communications — Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, Orlando, FL
Content Marketing Manager — Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
Sales Manager — Empire State Building, NYC
Projects Administrator — Chicago Department of Aviation Marketing and Air Service Division, IL
Director of Marketing Communications — Cleveland Museum of Art, OH
Marketing & Communications Manager — Racine Art Museum, WI
Events Manager — Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, AZ
Chief Financial & Administrative Officer — Conservation Society of California/Oakland Zoo, CA
VP Marketing — SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Tampa, FL
Director of Marketing — Birthplace of Country Music, Inc., Bristol, TN
Head of Content Design — Pinterest, San Francisco, CA
Marketing & Audience Manager — KQED/NPR, San Francisco, CA
Head of Brand Marketing — Zoom, remote