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ACVB promotes new director of convention services

The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) announced the promotion of an employee to director of convention services. Focusing on building convention attendance, Kristin Delahunt will work to enhance visitor experience by capitalizing on digital marketing campaigns and resources.

“Kristin is an exceptional individual who has been supporting our largest convention and sports customers for many years,” said William Pate, president and CEO, ACVB. “I have no doubt that, through her leadership, our convention services team will continue to provide the excellent support our customers have come to expect from ACVB.”

Supporting business sales initiatives through a suite of services, she will also continue to work with city-wide conventions to assist in all aspects of meeting planning. Delahunt succeeds Cookie Smoak, who resigned in August after 13 years at the ACVB, to join the College Park Destination Marketing Organization as its new president.

Recently serving as a host committee chairperson for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four, Delahunt is in collaboration with ACVB’s marketing department to develop two e-news campaigns: one for convention planners to increase exhibitor sales in Atlanta and the other to drive convention attendance and encourage pre/post night stays.

Delahunt joined the ACVB team in 2003 as a convention services manager and was promoted to assistant director of convention services in 2009. Prior to joining ACVB, Kristin worked with Maritz Travel Company as the senior travel director where she managed logistics of international business group travel, corporate incentive travel, and on-site operations for conferences and special events.

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