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Chris Thompson Selected as President and CEO of Brand USA

Washington, D.C.- September 28, 2012 – The 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.

"Chris Thompson is one of the strongest destination marketing leaders in the country, and he is the best person to lead Brand USA," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "With nearly 30 years of experience, Chris knows that marketing the United States is a collaborative effort, and I look forward to the partnerships he will build across our industry as he leads Brand USA to new heights."

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.

"Our industry and country owe a debt of gratitude to Caroline Beteta for her tireless work as interim CEO at Brand USA," said Dow. "Under her leadership, the organization maximized contributions, built significant new partnerships and streamlined its operational infrastructure. I am pleased she will continue to lead the organization as chair of the board."

The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $1.9 trillion in economic output and supports 14.4 million jobs. U.S. Travel's mission is to increase travel to and within the United States.  Visit www.ustravel.org.  Follow us on Twitter @ustravel
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Contact:

Cathy Keefe
(202) 408-2183
ckeefe@ustravel.org





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