Visit KC announced the recent hire of Lauren McKee as national sales manager. As national sales manager, McKee will work in the midsize meeting segment, consisting of 500-plus room nights on peak. She will be responsible for the Southeast territory of the U.S., allowing for Visit KC to generate new business in Kansas City from the association and corporate markets. McKee will also coordinate and organize citywide proposals and large, in-house and multiple-hotel business for meeting planners’ consideration.

McKee brings hotel sales and event coordination experience to the team. Prior to joining the team, McKee served as sales manager at Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown, where she handled all of the hotel’s corporate groups. She was also responsible for business development and maintaining ongoing client relationships. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in hospitality management.

“Lauren’s hire kicks off what will be an exciting year for Visit KC,” said President & CEO Ronnie Burt. “Expanding into new territories is no easy task, but with her positive outlook and professional demeanor, we expect Lauren to make an immediate impact for our destination.”

Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating more than 46,000 jobs and $5.1 billion in economic impact annually.