Kansas City, Mo.—Following last week’s appointments of two other leadership positions, Visit KC announces today that Cori Day will assume the role of Vice President of Sales & Services. Day brings to the tourism organization more than 16 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing. Her hire continues the strategic growth of Visit KC’s management team and combines the organization’s convention sales and services team into a single department.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a dedicated hospitality professional to lead our sales and services efforts,” said Visit KC President and CEO Ronnie Burt. “I am confident that Cori’s leadership experience will take us to the next level as a meeting and convention destination.”
Day comes to Visit KC from the Independence Tourism Department in Independence, Mo., where she served as tourism director for four years. During her tenure, the organization witnessed a 60-percent increase in guest tax revenues. She also oversaw the reorganization of Independence’s group sales efforts, the creation of a convention services department and the founding of a sports commission.
Day’s diverse hospitality experience also includes 12 years of sales management experience with the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau in Columbia, Mo., the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Independence and the Best Western Columbia Inn.
As Vice President of Sales and Services, Day will lead the destination’s sales and services teams, promoting Kansas City as a convention destination through short and long-range booking strategies, improving delivery of services to convention planners and maintaining relationships with area hotel and facility management teams.
Active in regional tourism organizations, Day serves as president-elect of the Missouri Travel Council and as a board member of the Missouri Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus. A resident of Blue Springs, Mo., Day is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Day’s first day with Visit KC will be Aug. 31. Her hire bookends the appointment of two other new leaders within the organization— Ashley Jones, Vice President of Partnerships & Events; and Traci Preus, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications, joining Visit KC on Aug. 17 and 24, respectively.
About Visit KC
Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating more than 45,000 jobs and $4.6 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about the organization or Kansas City, go to VisitKC.com.