Explore St. Louis is pleased to announce the hiring of Barry Draper as the director of partnership. In his new role, Draper will direct and coordinate activities of the partnership department, which encompasses partnership sales, events and development activities.
Before joining Explore St. Louis, Draper served as partnership manager for the DuPage County Convention & Visitors Bureau. He studied music and public relations at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He began his career in hotel sales and events working for multiple major hotel brands in Peoria and the Chicagoland markets. In 2018, he was honored by Destinations International as a member of their “30 Under 30” class of tourism professionals. He was also a long-time board member and president of the Public Relations Association of Central Illinois.
Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5.8 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis City and County and operator of the America’s Center Convention Complex. For more info, visit https://explorestlouis.com.