Phillip Jones is stepping down after 15 years as president and CEO of VisitDallas. Jones came under fire January 4, 2019, after a negative audit of the DMO was released by Dallas’ city government.
Rhode Island’s Providence Warwick CVB (PWCVB) named Kristen Adamo its president and CEO. Adamo will take the new role April 25, 2019. Highlights of her former tenure as vice president include marketing initiatives such as Providence Restaurant Weeks and having Providence named “America’s Favorite City” in Travel + Leisure magazine.
Meetings Today's Christoph Trappe was in Greensboro for an NCAA Women's Basketball Elite 8 March Madness tournament game (Iowa vs. Baylor). While there, he checked in with Henri Fourrier, president of the Greensboro CVB, on what's new and worth knowing for event planners.
The U.S. Travel Association announced that Destination DC President & CEO Elliott L. Ferguson II will be its new national chair, succeeding Wyndham Hotels and Resorts’ President & CEO Geoff Ballotti.
Matthias Schultze, managing director of the German Convention Bureau, was named the recipient of the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s 2018 JMIC Profile and Power Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to advancing the meetings industry forward.
Martha Sheridan was hired as the president and CEO of the Greater Boston CVB.
Convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and destination marketing organizations (DMOs0 are becoming increasingly inventive in the ways they assist planners. These entities can be game-changers when it comes to helping stage outstanding meetings and events. Ventura County Coast, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, Destination DC and Visit Savannah share strategic ways to utilize their services and some improvements on tools.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s GO Cedar Rapids CVB ceased operations after incurring $2.3 million in debts from producing the “newbo evolve” festival, according to a report in The Gazette, a local area newspaper.
Steve Hill will replace Rossi Ralenkotter as Las Vegas CVA CEO on September 1, 2018.
Meetings Today Destinations Content Director Marlene Goldman sat down with Destinations International President & CEO Don Welsh during its 2018 Annual Convention in Anaheim in July 2018 to find out how the organization is helping DMOs adapt to the next generation of meeting planners, and the challenges DMOs face in areas such as destination boycotts and the “weaponization of travel.”