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Beth Gendler Promoted to President/CEO

Congratulations to Beth Gendler, CMP, CDME for being promoted to President/CEO at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism.


Kara Bastarache, CAE Receives Forty Under 40 Recognition

Association Forum announced the Forty Under 40 recipients for 2021. Kara Bastarache, CAE was among those honored with such a special recognition. Congratulations, Kara! Read the press release and view other Forty Under 40 cohort members here. 

Nick Arnold Named to the 2021 Connect Association 40 Under 40

Nick Arnold of the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau was recognized as one of the 40 Under 40 by Connect Association. Read more about 40 Under 40 here

Governor Appoints 20 to the Georgia Tourism Foundation

Congratulations to the following community members who will serve on the Georgia Tourism Foundation. See the full press release. 

  • Paul Cramer is president & CEO of The Classic Center, a 350,000-square-foot meeting and convention facility, with a 2,000 -seat performing arts theatre, 2,000-seat arena, and 22,000-square-foot outdoor covered pavilion, with a removable ice rink located in Athens, Georgia. 
  • Jay Markwalter, TMP serves as executive director of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB), the unified voice, education, and leadership development resource for our state's destination marketing organizations. 
  • William Pate serves as president of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), where he oversees maintaining tourism as one of the city's top economic drivers. 

Next Stop, Christmas! 

Mr. Abit and Kayanne Massey's grandson, Chandler Massey, will be starring in a Hallmark Christmas movie this year. "Next Stop, Christmas" captures a love story caught when the Christmas spirit is at it's peak! The film will be released on November 6, 2021 on the Hallmark Channel. Read more about the new movie here! (Photo courtesy of the Emmy Awards)


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