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Visit Seattle announced the addition of Susan Giambalvo (pictured right) as national account director for convention sales in the Visit Seattle Washington D.C. satellite office, effective November 13. Giambalvo joins a dynamic and dedicated duo, Alison LaFollette and Susan Hutton, representing Seattle in the mid-Atlantic region (including D.C., Virginia, and Maryland). In her role, Giambalvo will prospect for new business in assigned markets and showcase Seattle facilities and attractions to meeting professionals. In addition, Giambalvo will be responsible for promoting and selling Seattle and the region as a convention and meeting destination.

“Giambalvo is an accomplished hospitality professional with a focus on customer satisfaction and overall company objectives,” said Rob Hampton, Visit Seattle senior vice president of sales and services. “The entire team is pleased to have Susan join Visit Seattle as her reputation for cultivating partnerships and building lasting relationships across all business sectors will be a great fit.”

Giambalvo brings more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry to Visit Seattle including extensive work with association business. Giambalvo is very familiar with both hotel and destination marketing organization relations, and has a track record of impressive revenue generation and effective marketing. Previously, Giambalvo was director of global accounts for the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, prior she was the director of global accounts for Omni Hotels & Resorts. She also has experience with Marriott Hotels, among others. Giambalvo has a B.A. in Business and Communications from Marymount University.

Visit Seattle has served as the official destination marketing organization for Seattle and King County for more than 50 years. A 501( c ) 6 organization, Visit Seattle enhances the economic prosperity of the region through global destination branding along with competitive programs and campaigns in leisure travel marketing, convention sales and overseas tourism development. Nearly 40 million annual visitors spend $7 billion in the city and county each year. The economic power of travel and tourism generates 74,000 Seattle area jobs and contributes $718 million in annual state and local tax revenue. For more info, visit www.visitseattle.org.

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