Industry Update
Appointment 1 October 2012

Chris Thompson

Appointed President and CEO
At Brand USA in Washington - DC, USA

Chris ThompsonThe U.S. Travel Association applauded today's announcement by the Brand USA board of directors that Chris Thompson would be its next president and CEO. Thompson is currently president and CEO for VISIT FLORIDA, the state's destination marketing organization. Thompson takes over from Caroline Beteta, who served as interim president and CEO after Jim Evans stepped down in June. Beteta will become chair of the Brand USA board of directors on October 1.

U.S. Travel Association (USTA)

The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 15 million jobs. U.
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Recent Appointments at USTA

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