VisitDallas Announces New President and CEO
DALLAS, Dec. 4, 2019 – VisitDallas is pleased to announce that Craig Davis, currently President and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH, has been selected as the organization's new President and CEO. Davis' first day in the office is Jan. 6, 2020.
Davis has worked in the hospitality industry for more than three decades. He began his tenure at VisitPITTSBURGH in 2000 as Executive Director of Convention Sales. He was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2007 and to the position of President and CEO in March 2012.
"Craig stood out among many highly qualified applicants for his strong leadership abilities and extensive destination, hotel and hospitality experience," said Joyce Williams, Chair of the VisitDallas Board of Directors. "He has an impeccable reputation in the industry and we're thrilled to bring his expertise to Dallas.
Davis' background in the hospitality industry includes executive experience at hotels in Toronto, Chicago and Pittsburgh. While at VisitPITTSBURGH Davis was responsible for overseeing the convention sales and marketing efforts for the new David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the first Gold and Platinum LEED-certified convention center in the world. Today, he serves as the Chair of Destinations International, a professional organization representing destination organizations and convention and visitor bureaus worldwide.
"Dallas is an amazing city and the VisitDallas team is regarded very well nationally," Davis said. "I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining the team of the No. 5 convention city in the nation, the only Texas city in the Top 10, and the No. 1 visitor destination in the state. Dallas is a city on the move, and I'm honored to be a part of its future."
The President and CEO was selected by a special VisitDallas Board of Directors selection committee led by Outgoing Chair Mark Woelffer and Incoming Chair Joyce Williams.
"I've been honored to serve as Interim President and CEO these past few months, but now I'm pleased to be handing the reigns over to Craig's very capable hands," said Sam Coats, VisitDallas Interim President and CEO.
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Davis became a U.S. citizen in 2001. He will reside in Dallas.
VisitDallas markets Dallas as the ideal visitor and convention destination in Texas. Dallas – The Most Texan City in Texas – celebrates its heritage in hospitality, and it's the one city where Southern meets modern and legacy meets luxury. Dallas is the leading business and financial center in the Southwest offering travelers an unparalleled array of amenities and a central location with two major airports with more domestic nonstop flights than any other U.S. city. As the ninth-largest U.S. city, and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, Dallas is the top visitor destination in Texas. You really can do it all in Dallas. For more information, visit visitdallas.com.