On 9 July, Jason Fulvi, president and CEO of Visit KC (Kansas City, USA), announced his resignation, effective 3 September 2021.
In a statement to Visit KC board chair Cindy Circo, Fulvi said: “I am confident that the sustainability and success of the organisation will be led by an effective and efficient team of tourism and hospitality experts to guide the destination forward as the travel industry rebounds.”
Fulvi has served as president and CEO since 2018, when he joined the organisation from VisitPITTSBURGH as the organisation’s executive vice-president. His role involved overseeing the key operations of several departments after serving the organisation for 16 years in a variety of positions including executive director of convention sales.
Fulvi added: “The commitment the city’s leadership has shown to make Kansas City a world-class destination for tourism, meetings and conventions is impressive. This is one of the best, well thought-out convention packages in the industry, and the city and local hospitality leadership should be proud of what they have accomplished.”
The Board of Directors of Visit KC expressed their thanks to Fulvi for his leadership and commitment to enhance the hospitality industry in the Greater Kansas City region.
Board chair Cindy Circo said, “Jason’s leadership guided Visit KC through the devastation of the pandemic and has well positioned Kansas City to meet or exceed the key performance indicators in place to safely and strategically welcome the world back.”
Visit KC has appointed Randall Landes, the organisation’s chief financial officer as interim president and CEO to allow for a smooth transition. Board chair Cindy Circo has engaged board vice-chair Jeanette Prenger to chair and assemble a search committee to identify a permanent replacement.
Fulvi is leaving to join travel and visitation intelligence company Arrivalist as chief sales officer. Circo added that “Visit KC’s loss was Arrivalist’s gain”.
The convention and tourism industries in the Kansas City region generate nearly 48,000 jobs and USD$5.6bn in economic impact annually.