The faces of Visit Austin in people news: Dana Perez is the new Sales Coordinator; Kelly Thomas has been promoted to Director of Midwest Sales; Jasmine Black has been promoted to Sales Manager.
Six people updates from Visit Franklin, TN. Joining the staff are (top row, l to r) Felecia West as Director of Visitor Experience & Retail, Katie Murdock as Marketing Manager, and Deborah Corey as Administrative Assistant.
Also (bottom row, l to r) Stacey Garcia has been promoted to Senior Director of Finance & Administration, Heather Doleshel was elevated to Stakeholder Engagement Manager, and Jenna Townsend is now a Sales & Service Manager.
Joey Jewell is now Executive Director of the new Visit Corpus Christi Sports Commission. He joins from his previous role as Senior Director of Oregon’s Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, where he spent the past 6.5 years.
Amelia Ritter joins Visit Detroit as Content Creator. She departs Explore Brighton Howell Area as Director of Marketing, where she previously served as Digital Marketing and Content Manager since 2018.
Cheryl Shallanberger has joined Tripadvisor as Senior Account Executive-Media/DMO. She had been Vice President Sales & Marketing at Ventura Visitors & Convention Bureau in Southern California for more than eight years, prior to which she was Marketing Manager at Downtown Santa Monica, Inc, and Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Carolina Viazcan has been appointed Vice President of Sales for Visit Greater Palm Springs. She joins from the sales team at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa.
Adam Stewart is starting a new position as Communications & Travel Trade Manager at Yakima Valley Tourism in Washington State. He had previously been Visitor Services and Social Media Specialist at Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority.
Lily Leiva departs as Director, Digital Innovation & Strategy at Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau after 9.5 years with the DMO. She is joining MMGY Global as VP, Group Account Director. (correction)
Rachel McCue, Creative Services Manager at Visit Richmond since 2017, has departed for a new communications role outside the travel industry.
Gerald Taylor was #opentowork. He’s taken up a new position with Richmond Region Tourism as the Sports Sales and Event Manager. His background in sports management, tournament, and event marketing also includes basketball, NASCAR, Big 12 Conference and college baseball player.
Mandi (Hefflinger) Stefanak has been promoted to Account Manager at Myriad International Marketing.
Mary Eggert will be joining Break the Ice Media in upstate New York as Digital Marketing Coordinator upon her university graduation next month.
Charles Beirne is the new General Manager of the Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. He previously served as GM of the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in California and the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey.
Hilton President & CEO Christopher J. Nassetta has been named as the national chair of U.S. Travel Association, effective February 2023. The announcement was made early in consideration of the upcoming change in staff leadership at the association when President & CEO Roger Dow retires. Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, continues as the current chair.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority has issued a new Request for Proposals for brand management services for the United States market, as well as support services shared by Hawaiʻi’s brand management teams worldwide. This procurement is also seeking support services for Hawaiʻi’s official travel website, app, social media channels, and creative content used worldwide for brand marketing and visitor education.
All interested applicants must register their intent to apply by April 22, and proposals are due May 17.
HTA will conduct a pre-proposal conference via Zoom on April 20 at 8 a.m. HST for interested applicants to be briefed on the procurement and to ask questions. Register for the pre-proposal conference at bit.ly/rfp22-01-hta. The new contract will run June 30, 2022 to December 31, 2024 with an additional two-year option. More information found here.
VISIT FLORIDA is accepting proposals from a qualified vendor to conduct a Segmentation Study of Florida’s domestic visitors.
Responses/Proposals must be submitted online to be considered. Questions are due April 20, 2022 at 5 p.m. Responses to questions will be posted on April 21, 2022 at 5 p.m. Response Deadline: April 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. Read more here.
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: 5/11/2022. Bid details found here.
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Tom Loftus, Vice President of Marketing at Richmond Regional Tourism, is our guest on The Travel Vertical Podcast. From 7 a.m. on Wed., 4/20, listen to Episode #27: Why The Big Pitch could have been called The Big Win. What’s it all about and how did the entire staff at Visit Richmond VA get involved in this cool marketing initiative?
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Chief Executive Officer — Discover Santa Clara, CA (new)
President & CEO — Visit Greenville, SC
President & CEO — Visit Baton Rouge, LA
Executive Director — Muncie Visitors Bureau, IN
Executive Director / Marketing Director — Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce, NM (new)
President & CEO — Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Randolph Riverfront Center, LA
Chief Marketing Officer — Destination Cleveland, OH (new)
Director — South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, TX
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications AND Champion of People and Culture — Destinations International, Wash., DC
Senior Vice President — Tulsa Regional Tourism, OK
Vice President Digital & Media (new) AND Manager International Marketing AND Technical Project Manager AND Creative Operations Project Manager AND Senior UX Designer AND Coordinator Trade Shows and Events — NYC & Company
Executive Director Diversity AND National Accounts Manager-West/Midwest AND Content Manager AND Global Tourism Coordinator — Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, PA
Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion — Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, SC
Chief Sales Officer — Explore St. Louis, MO
Chief Financial Officer — Visit Cincy, OH
Chief Tourism Development Officer — OneSpartanburg, Inc., SC
Executive Vice President — Visit Tucson, AZ
Vice President of Marketing Communications — Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau, LA
Vice President Convention Sales AND Director Convention Sales — Choose Chicago, IL
Vice President of Sales — Visit Albuquerque, NM
Vice President of Sales — Visit Austin, TX
Vice President of Sales AND Executive Meeting Manager — Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, FL
Vice President of Sales — Visit Wichita, KS
Senior Director of Marketing Analytics AND Senior Graphic & Motion Designer — Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, NV
Director of Sales — Visit SLO CAL, San Luis Obispo, CA
Marketing & Sales Director — Visit Durango, CO
Business Analyst AND Data Analyst — Visit Grand Junction, CO
National Account Executive-Chicago — Meet Minneapolis, MN
Executive Meetings Manager-West/Midwest AND Graphic Designer — Destination DC, Wash., DC
Marketing Manager Sales AND Sales Coordinator AND Tourism Sales and Services Manager AND Location Coordinator AND Visitor Information Specialist — Visit Dallas, TX
National Sales Manager — Visit Mobile, AL
Sales Manager — Traverse City Tourism, MI
National Sales Manager (SMERF) AND National Sales Manager (Corporate, Association, Incentive) AND Social Media Marketing Manager — Visit Greenville, SC
Sales Director Sports — Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, AK
National Sales Director (Northern CA, Oregon & Washington State) — Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, CA
Director Citywide Accounts East Region + International — San Francisco Travel Association, CA
Director of Group Sales — Visit Vancouver, WA (new)
Senior Research Manager AND Marketing Coordinator — Arizona Office of Tourism (new)
Director of Strategic Research and Analysis — Travel Portland, OR
Senior Product Development Officer — Houston First, TX
Manager Technology & Office Operations — Visit Baltimore, MD
Brand Marketing Manager-Partnerships AND Director of Engagement AND Manager of International Marketing — Visit California
Marketing Manager — Colorado Tourism Office, Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Senior Manager Social Media AND Regional Partnership Manager (Central East Florida Region) — Visit Florida
Manager Social Media AND Manager Global Tourism Development AND Manager European Communications AND Director Talent Acquisition — Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, CA
Content Manager AND Social Media Manager AND Communications Manager AND Brand Marketing Manager — Visit Napa Valley, CA
Marketing & Communications Manager — Visit Fresno, CA
Destination Publicist — Newport Beach & Company, CA
PR Manager AND Travel Specialist — Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, CA
Marketing Business Development Specialist — Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, FL
Public Relations & Communications Manager — Destination Madison, WI (new)
Director of CRM and SaaS (new) AND Senior Manager Digital Analytics AND Senior Coordinator Integrated Marketing & Social Media AND Coordinator Partner Operations — Brand USA
Director of PR AND Public Relations Manager — Explore Asheville, NC (new)
Senior Public Relations Manager — Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, NC (new)
Marketing Communications Manager AND Web & Digital Marketing Manager AND IT Manager AND Graphic Design Coordinator AND Manager Operations & Retail-Visitors Center at Boston Common — Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, MA
Digital Marketing Content Associate — Meet Minneapolis, MN
Visual Content Creator — Indiana Destination Development Corporation
Marketing Coordinator-Writer — Maryland Department of Commerce
Senior Manager Destination Services — Discover The Palm Beaches, FL
Business Development Director — SportsPITTSBURGH, PA (new)
Marketing Specialist — Visit Indy, IN (new)
Sales & Services Coordinator AND Senior Coordinator Sales & Marketing Operations — Visit Seattle, WA
Marketing & Events Manager — Visit Walnut Creek, CA (new)
Destination Publicist — Newport Beach & Company, California (new)
Group Sales & Marketing Specialist — City of Golden, CO
Financial Coordinator — Explore Lincoln City, OR
Manager of Tech & Office Operations — Visit Baltimore, MD
Economic Development Specialist — County of Rockland, New York
Administrative Services Manager — Discover Santa Clara, CA
Customer Service Rep — Experience Scottsdale, AZ
Social Media Community Manager — Remarkable Lake County OH
General Manager — Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA (new)
Deputy Director — Baltimore City Convention Center, MD
General Manager AND Sales Manager — Lynnwood Convention Center, OR
Vice President Strategic Planning AND Marketing and Communications Director AND Business Development Director AND Senior Account Executive-Bilingual Mandarin (in NYC) and more roles— MMGY Global, Overland Park, KS (new)
PR Account Supervisor AND PR Senior Account Executive AND PR Account Executive AND PR Account Coordinator (New York) AND PR Account Executive (Los Angeles) — MMGY NJF
Vice President Sales (new) AND Accessibility Program Director AND Interactive Producer AND Web Developer AND IT Specialist AND HR Generalist-Recruitment AND Media Planner AND Senior Art Director AND Content Manager AND Content Coordinator — Miles Partnership
Director Destination Strategy-West — Madden Media, remote
Tourism PR Director AND Digital Marketing Manager AND Digital Marketer AND Content Specialist AND Account Coordinator AND Media Coordinator AND Podcast Editor — Relic Agency, Provo, UT
Vice President Global Sales — ConferenceDirect, remote
Head of People AND Chief of Staff AND Head of Comms — Peek, remote
Travel Trade Marketing Manager — Destination Counsellors International
Senior Tourism Analyst — Rove, Canada or remote
Head of HR — Near, Los Angeles
Director of Operations — Herrmann Global, Lander, WI or remote
PR Senior Account Executive — Diamond Public Relations, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Newsletter Editor — Red Ventures, remote
SEO Analyst — Simpleview
Integrated Marketing Manager — City Experiences, NYC
Consumer Insights Manager — Merlin Entertainments, Orlando