Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2022

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11 B M & T ••• September/October 2022 ••• Chicago to handle the large-scale convention market. Kincaid will be based in Washington DC, rep- resenting and selling Chicago's convention package with a primary focus on conventions meeting at McCormick Place. Kincaid will be handling the entire large-scale convention market out of the Mid- Atlantic region. "I am so pleas- ed Eric has joined Choose Chicago" said Mullins. "He not only brings decades of successful convention experience and long-term customer relationships, but he will also bring an energy and passion to our city which will enhance our ability to remain one of the finest convention destina- tions on the planet." Kincaid joins Choose Chicago from Destination D.C. (DDC) where he served as National Account Director of Citywide Sales. In this directorship role Kincaid handled both the corporate and association markets for groups of 2,500 sleeping rooms or more on their peak nights com- ing to D.C. for meetings and events. Kincaid came to DDC by way of Marriott International where for over ten years he held several key sales positions both on and above property. His strong communication and network- ing background along with his adaptation skills in an unpredictable market make him a true asset to any hos- pitality industry organization. Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, Kincaid attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with a concentration in Hospitality Tourism, Sales and Project Management. EXPERIENCE COLUMBIA SC ANNOUNCES NEW VICE PRESIDENT Experience Columbia SC (ECSC) has named a new vice president to its executive team. Danna Lilly will serve as the vice president of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (DBA Experience Columbia SC) and is responsible for the leadership and management of the meetings and conven- tions sales team for the Columbia region, as well as the Visitors Center. Lilly served in this role during an interim period and is now making a permanent transition. "We are extremely excited to have Danna leading our CVB team," said Bill Ellen, ECSC President and CEO. "Danna's previous DMO experi- ence has prepared her to take Experience Columbia SC to new successes and her relationships and respect throughout our industry is a huge asset." Lilly is an accomplished tourism professional with more than 30 years' experience in the industry and is a Hotel, Rest- aurant and Tourism Administra- tion (HRTA) graduate from the University of South Carolina. "This city has held a special place in my heart for as long as I can remember" Lilly said. "From traveling to and from football games and state fairs as a child, to beloved college days at UofSC followed by years of visiting with SC Association Execs during my time in the hotel business – all roads have led to the heart of SC. I'm thrilled and honored to lead this team in driving econom- ic impact to benefit the entire Columbia region." For more information on the impact of tourism on Columbia, SC, please visit their new business website, www.columbiasc- This space tells the destination's story of travel and tourism with resources to help you share this information, too. NEW TOURISM MINISTER FOR ST. KITTS & NEVIS St. Kitts & Nevis has appointed attorney-at-law Marsha Hendersonas its new minister of tourism, civil aviation and urban development. As Minister of Tourism, Henderson, a member of new Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Michael Drew's Federal Cabinet, will aim to ensure that the destination con- tinues to make strides towards the full resumption of tourism activity, including the return of airlift and cruise ship arrivals, with the ultimate goal of improv- ing the quality of life of the peo- ple of the Federation. Henderson's appointment signals the destination's commit- ment to enhance its tourism presence and strengthen the eco- nomic impact of the tourism sec- tor. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of the West Indies and is also the founder and principal of Henderson Law Chambers.

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