by Michael J. Shapiro | September 11, 2019
AEG Facilities has stepped in to lead tourism and management services for Palm Springs, Calif., for the Palm Springs Convention Center as well as the city's other meetings and tourism facilities. The company named 30-year industry vet Rob Hampton as general manager of the convention center; he also will oversee venue management operations for the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, Visitor Center and Welwood Murray Memorial Library.

Based on an agreement signed this summer, AEG Facilities will oversee the day-to-day management of the Palm Springs venues and provide facility-operations services, event programming and content development, purchasing, vendor services, advertising and marketing. The venue management and entertainment company will also manage the Bureau of Tourism and promote Palm Springs as a destination for leisure travelers.

"We are pleased to welcome AEG Facilities as the new operator of the Palm Springs Convention Center and Bureau of Tourism," said David H. Ready, Palm Springs city manager. "We are confident their vast network of resources and talent will be a significant asset to our destination."

Before joining AEG in August, new GM Hampton was most recently a senior vice president with Visit Seattle and previously vice president of sales for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. "I am thrilled to join the AEG Facilities and Palm Springs Convention Center teams," he said. "I look forward to working with all the hospitality and community stakeholders to further elevate the Palm Springs Convention Center and the greater Palm Springs market as a leading meeting, event and tourism destination."

The Palm Springs Convention Center spans 261,000 square feet and is situated within walking distance of more than 1,600 hotel rooms. The recently renovated Welwood Murray Memorial Library, which is home to the downtown Palm Springs Visitors Center, is a resource for both tourists and residents. The branch of the Palm Springs Library originally opened in 1941 and also serves as a research library for the Palm Springs Historical Society.