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CVB Changes HandsMeet the New Boss in New Orleans
J. Stephen Perry
Now at the helm of the New Orleans Metropolitan
Convention & Visitors Bureau, J. Stephen Perry spoke with
M&C about the future of the CVB and his new home.
M&C: What are your priorities?
Perry: I have redeployed staff to focus more on
medium-size groups that are booking medium- to long-term business.
Where we went only after annual company meetings, we now will use
our relationships with companies to target regional and local
M&C: How will you help the CVB
bring in new business?
Perry: Quality of staff nowadays is of paramount
importance. I plan to streamline the staff and increase pay for
those who stay. Goals and quotas will be set, especially in the
area of new business development. We all need to be more innovative
M&C: What developments do you
foresee in New Orleans?
Perry: I want the CVB to be the city’s fiercest advocate for arts
and culture, and to be the city’s foremost repository of cultural
M&C: What does the city lack?
Perry: New Orleans needs to expand its
international air service. I plan to sit down with the heads of all
the airlines in the next six months to discuss this.
• TERENCE BAKER
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