Jim Atchison has stepped down as
incoming chairman of the Orlando/Orange County CVB. According to a
statement from Gary C. Sain, president and CEO of the CVB, Atchison
recently became president and COO of Busch Entertainment. The term
of the current chairman, Mark McHugh, president and CEO of
Gatorland, has been extended for another year.
NYC & Company, New York City's
marketing and tourism organization, has opened its first office in
Canada, the city's second-largest international market. The new
office in Toronto is the ninth opened by the CVB this year,
bringing the total of international offices to 16. The expansion
into international markets supports New York City Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg's plan to attract 50 million visitors a year to the city
Steve Richer, the retiring executive
director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors
Bureau, has accepted a public affairs consulting position with the
National Tour Association, which acts as a national voice for the
travel and tourism industry. Richer will work with Jim Santini, a
former Nevada congressman and currently NTA's legislative counsel,
in Washington, D.C.