In late September, Choose Chicago President and CEO Don Welsh joined Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in Sao Paolo, Brazil to speak about the importance of Chicago as a business and leisure travel destination. Choose Chicago recently joined forces with Sao Paulo-based Interamerican Network to aid tourism efforts in Brazil, one of Chicago's top overseas inbound markets. Currently, there are extensive efforts underway to ease the visa process for Brazilian travelers to the United States. United Airlines recently announced daily, nonstop service between Sao Paulo and Chicago.
Choose Chicago's Chief Marketing Officer Warren Wilkinson, Vice President of Communications Meghan Risch, and International Public Relations Manager Kara Carmichael recently completed an ambitious media mission to the United Kingdom. The visit included a staggering 85 appointments with travel media throughout London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin. This highly successful trip will yield multiple media visits to Chicago beginning as early as this month.
We continue to build and grow our presence in the Chinese marketplace. Choose Chicago's Vice President of Leisure Sales and Tourism, Cathy Domanico, recently returned from China after promoting Chicago to the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions market at the China Incentive Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition, a principal industry trade show.