Destination Cleveland Promotes Gordon Taylor III to Chief Sales Officer

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CLEVELAND (Dec. 15, 2022) – Destination Cleveland, the destination marketing and management organization for Greater Cleveland, today announced the promotion of Gordon Taylor III to chief sales officer from vice president of sales and services, effective Jan. 1, 2023. He will continue to lead the team responsible for selling Cleveland as a meetings, conventions and events host city.

Gordon Taylor III

Since joining Destination Cleveland in August 2019, Taylor’s process improvements and team management have increased sales success. His leadership throughout the COVID crisis resulted in the rebooking of 100 meetings and conventions to future years. Taylor has also been instrumental in restructuring and rebuilding the organization’s sales and services team to ensure meeting planner satisfaction from RFP issuance through event execution.

Under Taylor’s leadership, the Destination Cleveland sales team secured its largest multi-year booking ever and has received recognition in Association Conventions & Facilities’ 2022 Distinctive Achievement Awards, Meetings Today’s 2022 Best Of Awards and Northstar Meetings Group’s Stella Awards 2021: Best CVB/DMO.

“Gordon is a relentless and compassionate leader; his passion for Cleveland and our work is contagious,” said David Gilbert, president and CEO of Destination Cleveland. “Cleveland continues to exceed expectations of meeting and convention planners and attendees, and Gordon’s contributions have been pivotal to that success. With nearly $100 million of updates planned for Cleveland’s Huntington Convention Center and nearby hotel properties over the next two years, I’m confident that Gordon and his team will continue to capitalize on Cleveland’s reputation as a premiere meetings and event destination.”

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ABOUT DESTINATION CLEVELAND: Destination Cleveland is Cleveland’s destination marketing and management organization. This private, non-profit organization’s mission is to drive economic impact and stimulate community vitality for Greater Cleveland through leisure and business travel. In 2021, visitation to Cuyahoga County rebounded to 16.1 million visits, a 17% increase after the COVID-19 global pandemic reduced visitation by 30 percent in 2020. Destination Cleveland continues its work to rebuild the travel and tourism industry, with the goal of exceeding pre-pandemic success as quickly as possible. For more information, visit www.thisiscleveland.com.

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