Kaleena James joins the organization’s destination services team

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Visit KC, Kansas City’s tourism and hospitality organization, is pleased to announce the recent addition of Kaleena James as destination services manager.

A Kansas City native, Kaleena brings more than 10 years of event management experience to Visit KC. Her first day was Feb. 9.

In her role as destination services manager, Kaleena will serve as a primary liaison between meeting planners, the City and members of its service industry. She’ll work closely with assigned convention groups to plan, host and promote their events in Kansas City. 

Prior to joining Visit KC, Kaleena served as senior event manager for the Kansas City Convention Center where she partnered with Visit KC on several key convention accounts, such as the International House of Prayer, the American Academy of Family Physicians and Church of God in Christ.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kaleena’s background also includes event management positions with the Priest Holmes Foundation and the KC Event Center. She also previously served as a senior media relations director for AM Marketing.

“Kaleena’s experience with the Convention Center, coupled with her positive energy, make her an excellent addition to our growing team at Visit KC,” said President & CEO Ronnie Burt. “Our destination services team goes above and beyond to help our partners succeed, and I expect Kaleena to play a big role in that.” 

In addition to serving as a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Kaleena is also active with local charitable organizations such as Face to Face and Sleepless in the City, an annual fundraiser for homeless youth.

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 Kansas City, go to

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