Visit Seattle and its board of directors announce Tammy Blount-Canavan, FCDME (Fellow Certified Destination Marketing Executive) will serve as President and CEO, effective May 9. She will be Visit Seattle’s first female CEO, replacing longtime leader Tom Norwalk, who retired this spring. Her appointment follows a nationwide search.
Blount-Canavan’s previous roles included President and CEO of Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. as well as President and CEO of Tacoma Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and EVP/Principal at Fired-Up! Culture, the business management consulting firm.
Destination Cleveland has announced the promotion of Emily Lauer to Vice President of PR & Communications and Marie Scalia to Vice President of Integrated Marketing.
Amy Brown is now Senior Vice President Sales & Services at Visit Fort Worth. She departs following nine years at Visit Austin, most recently as Director of Sales. Previously, Amy had been with San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau and Houston’s George R Brown Convention Center.
Wendy Swenson has started a new position as Director of Tourism Marketing at Alaska Travel Industry Association in Anchorage. She joins from Destination Yellowstone where she has been Marketing Director since 2013.
Juan Camero takes on a new role as Marketing Manager at Visit Oakland. He joins following eight years at San Mateo/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau where he had most recently been Media & Public Relations Manager.
Heidi Barfels has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer at Visit Estes Park. She had recently been Senior Manager Marketing & Communications at Visit Lauderdale.
Also at Visit Estes Park, Rebecca Domenico-Gelsinger has been promoted to Deputy Director. For 20+ years she has been working in hospitality within Estes Park.
Nicholas Rigas has been promoted to Director of Events and Experiences at Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. He’s been with the DMO since 2017.
Tennessee Department of Tourist Development welcomes Jenni Veal as the new Rural Destination Development Manager. She had previously been with Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association as Tourism Development & Marketing Coordinator.
Rob Torres has joined Expedia Group Media Solutions as Senior Vice President. He spent 16 years at Google as Managing Director Travel. Prior to Google, Rob was Vice President Strategic Accounts at Expedia Group. As an industry leader, he currently serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board as well most recently Vice Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council. He also spent 13 years as board chair at HSMAI.
Katherine Saunders has been promoted to Executive Vice President-Client Strategy at Development Counsellors International. She has most recently been with the company since 2016.
Evan Saunders, Vice President-Global Tourism & Hospitality Sales at Near, has been appointed for 12 months as an IDEAS Working Group Member at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) to focus on data production for a 2030 strategy and long-term sustainable growth of the visitor economy.
Greta von Zielinski has been promoted to Implementation Lead at Zartico. She joined as an Account Manager at Streetsense just over a year ago.
In Toronto, Megan Barker has joined CrowdRiff as Director of Sales. She joins from Cision Canada.
In an other CrowdRiff appointment, Elena Verling joins as Senior Product Designer where she’ll be working on the Localhood product.
Hal Fickett has joined the marketing platform Flip.to as Account Executive, Growth & Partnerships. Most recently, he’s been working on a consulting basis with the company.
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What a fun conversation with Leah Chandler, Chief Marketing Officer, Discover Puerto Rico. We talk about the destination’s innovative marketing initiatives such as the official color, Puerto Rico Sunshine. We also hear more about the island’s tiny native tree frog that will star in a Frontier Airlines campaign, how a fly destination earned a place on “Live with Kelly & Ryan” TV show featuring drive destinations, Destination Puerto Rico’s social media “rock star” that was just named as a 2022 Emerging Tourism Star and lots more. Episode #25 of The Travel Vertical Podcast goes live on Wednesday, April 6 at 6 a.m. ET.
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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: 5/11/2022. Bid details found here.
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) Purchasing and Materials Management Division, in
accordance with the provisions of NRS Chapter §§332, is currently accepting sealed proposals
from qualified professionals for advertising, creative and production services and to serve as
the RTAA’s agency of record. All sealed proposals for the RFP #21/22-20 Advertising, Creative and Production Services will be opened at 2 p.m. PT on April 15, 2022. Read more here.
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President & CEO — Visit Baton Rouge, LA (new)
President & CEO — Visit Greenville, SC (new)
Senior Vice President — Visit Tulsa, OK (new)
Vice President Marketing & Communications — Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau, LA
Vice President Finance & Operations AND Vice President of Sales — Visit Albuquerque, NM (new)
Chief Financial Officer AND Regional Content Marketing Manager AND National Sales Manager AND Executive Assistant & Office Services Coordinator AND Sales Assistant/CRM Administration — Visit Cincy, OH
Vice President Sales & Services AND Director of Marketing AND Executive Assistant to the VP of Marketing & Community Engagement AND Data Specialist AND Sales Director Sports — Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, AR (several new)
Vice President of Sales — Visit Austin, TX
Vice President of Sales — Visit Wichita, KS
Vice President of Sales AND Director of Event Management AND National Sales Director DC Area AND Site Experience Manager AND Network & Systems Engineer — San Diego Tourism Authority, CA
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications AND Champion of People and Culture — Destinations International, Wash., D.C. (new)
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion — Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, SC
Executive Director — Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Randolph Riverfront Center, LA (new)
Executive Director — Discover Gloucester, MA
President & CEO — Visit Gilroy, CA
Executive Director — Manistee County Visitors Bureau, MI
Executive Director — Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce, WI
Director — South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, TX
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
Vice President of Communication Strategy AND Digital Content Manager AND Digital Web Manager — Visit Philadelphia, PA
Vice President of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion AND National Account Executive-Chicago AND Digital Content Marketing Associate — Meet Minneapolis, MN
Chief Tourism Development Officer —OneSpartanburg Inc.,SC
Director of Marketing — Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, AK
Director of Strategic Research & Analysis — Travel Portland, OR
Director of Sales AND Director of Human Resources AND Sales Manager AND Partner Engagement Manager — Visit SLO CAL, San Luis Obispo, CA
Director of Digital Marketing & Media Relations — Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, OH
Director of Development — Palm Beach County, FL (new)
Director of Marketing AND Marketing Communications Manager AND Web & Digital Marketing Manager AND IT Manager AND Graphic Design Coordinator AND Manager Visitors Center at Boston Common — Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, MA
Senior Copy Director AND Senior UX Designer AND Creative Operations Project Manager AND Technical Project Manager AND Coordinator Member Programs & Services — NYC & Company
Senior Director Marketing Analytics — Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, NV
Director Marketing & Communications — Visit El Paso, TX
Marketing Manager — Visit Savannah, GA
Marketing & Sales Director — Visit Durango, CO
Marketing Director — Visit Modesto, CA
Sports & Adventure Marketing Manager — Greater Zion Convention & Tourism Office, UT
Marketing Communications Manager — Visit Orlando, FL
Marketing Partnership Manager — Experience Grand Rapids, MI
Social Media Manager — Tempe Tourism Office, AZ
Copywriter/Editor — Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, NC
Content Producer — Visit Detroit, MI
Content Lead AND International & Domestic Sales Coordinator AND Senior Production Coordinator — Experience Kissimmee, FL
Web and Digital Marketing Manager — Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board, PA
Marketing Manager AND Web Marketing Manager AND Executive Meetings Manager — Visit Denver, CO
Marketing Manager Sales AND Tourism Manager Sales & Services Manager AND Location Coordinator AND Sales Coordinator — Visit Dallas, TX
Manager Social Media AND Manager Global Tourism Development AND Manager Global Communications AND Manager European Communications AND Director Talent Acquisition — Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, CA
Manager International Marketing AND Brand Marketing Manager-Global Media AND Brand Marketing Manager-Partnerships — Visit California
Content Manager Social Media AND Brand Marketing Manager AND Communications Manager — Visit Napa Valley, CA
Visual Content Creator — Indiana Destination Development Corporation (new)
Customer Relationship Database Manager & Analyst — Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, FL
Marketing Manager Sales AND Tourism Sales & Services Manager AND Location Coordinator AND Sales Coordinator — Visit Dallas, TX
Public Relations Manager — Explore Asheville, NC (new)
Communications Manager — San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, CA
Regional Partnership Manager/Central East Florida region — Visit Florida
Senior Manager Research AND International Sales Coordinator AND Special Events Manager AND Convention Sales Manager AND Executive Meetings Manager-Midwest/West — Destination DC, Wash., DC
Director of National Accounts Mid-Atlantic Office AND Sales Coordinator — Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, TN
National Sales Manager — Visit Mobile, AL
Sales Manager — Experience Columbus, OH
Social Media Marketing Manager AND National Sales Manager/Corporate & Association & Conference Direct & Maritz Travel Partners AND National Sales Manager/Social, Military, Education, Religious & Fraternal — Visit Greenville, SC
Senior Manager Convention Sales-East/Southeast — Destination Cleveland, OH
Data Analyst AND Business Analyst — Visit Grand Junction, CO
Research Analyst — Explore Georgia
Research Analyst — Visit Loudoun, VA
Director of Group Sales — Visit Vancouver, WA (new)
Marketing Assistant — Visit Winona, MN (new)
Destination Services Coordinator — Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, NC
Tourism Coordinator — City of Greenville, TX (new)
Manager of Technology & Office Operations — Visit Baltimore, MD (new)
Deputy Director — Baltimore City Convention Center, MD (new)
Communications Coordinator — The Travel Foundation, Bristol or other UK remote
Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications AND Champion of People & Culture — Destinations International, Wash., DC
Content Director AND Project Manager AND Interactive Producer AND Web Developer AND Project Manager AND IT Specialist AND Facebook Ads Manager AND Accessibility Program Director AND Associate Principal-Corragio Group AND Project Coordinator-Coraggio Group AND Programmatic Media Buyer-Adgenuity — Miles Partnership, Sarasota and/or remote
PR Account Supervisor (NY) AND PR Senior Account Executives x2 (NY) AND PR Account Executives x2 (LA, NY) AND PR Account Coordinator (NY) — MMGY/NJF
Vice President Global Sales — ConferenceDirect, remote
Destination Manager — The Walt Disney Company, Celebration, FL
Community Editor(s) — OpenTable, NYC & LA (new)
Senior Ad Sales Manager — Kayak
Marketing Coordinator — Kansas City Ballet, MO
Senior Marketing Coordinator — Minnesota Orchestra, MN
Partnership Sales Manager — Spurs Sports & Entertainment, San Antonio, TX (new)
Media Director — Aqua Marketing & Communications, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Paid Social Media Manager — Paradise Advertising & Marketing, remote (new)
Community Editor — OpenTable, NYC & LA
Senior Editor — Smart Meetings, San Francisco, CA
Brand Partnership Manager — TikTok, San Francisco