Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2014

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 6 of 52

N E W S M A K E R S B M & T ••• November/December 2014 ••• 6 The Douglasville Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce and welcome its new Tourism Director, Chantel Ross Francois. Francois, a native of Canada, has over 20 years of combined expe- rience in tourism and managing convention and visitors bureaus. In her most recent position as sales manag- er for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Francois managed sales and marketing activ ities of all mar- kets for the newly developed East Point DMO (destination marketing organization) and also the reunions mar- ket for the entire City of Atlanta. Her experience is enhanced by her impressive international accomplishments in the travel and tourism industry. Francois was personally recruited by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda and the Ministry of Tourism to market the twin island and to lead the marketing and promotional efforts for its inaugural and ongo- ing Delta nonstop service to Atlanta. Francois was also responsible for the implementation of the Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau, where she served as Head of the Convention Bureau under the Ministry of Tourism for the twin Isles. She is also the president & Founder of the Metro Atlanta Caribbean Chamber of Commerce Inc. In this position, Francois hosted and worked with prime ministers and heads of state from around the world to promote economic and domestic development between Metro Atlanta and the Caribbean Nations. She also worked with the United States Secret Service on high-profile visits of world lead- ers to Atlanta. Other international project highlights include her involvement in the Fifth Summit of the Americas attended by President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other heads of state, as well as her contribution to the Commonwealth Heads of State Conference (CHOGM), hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and attended by Heads of the Commonwealth member states. Continued on page 8 CHANTEL ROSS FRANCOIS APPOINTED TOURISM DIRECTOR OF DOUGLASVILLE CVB Let us take it from here. Our Virginia Beach Team goes all out to make your meeting a major success. Convention Sales Manager

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Black Meetings and Tourism - November/December 2014