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Choose Chicago President & CEO, David Whitaker, today announced that Marc Anderson, most recently Chief Sales Officer of Choose Chicago, was promoted to Executive Vice President of Choose Chicago.

In accepting this expanded role, Anderson will continue his oversight and direction of Choose Chicago's convention sales team. In that role, Anderson and the team are responsible for annually booking more than 2.5 million room nights, including confirming more than 55 new meetings annually into McCormick Place, North America's largest and most flexible convention center.

MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES CONTINUED RECORD TOURISM IN JULY

Friday, September 16, 2016 12:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2016

CONTACT:
Mayor's Press Office
312.744.3334
press@cityofchicago.org

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago President & CEO David Whitaker today announced record tourism performance for July 2016, driven by strong demand from convention and leisure visitor segments. Overall hotel room demand increased 2.7 percent compared to last July, even while hotel room inventory grew by an equal 2.7 percent. The numbers build on 2015's record-breaking overall performance, which generated more than 4,500 new jobs.

MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES RECORD TOURISM IN JUNE

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 12:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2016

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago President and CEO David Whitaker today announced record tourism performance for June 2016, driven by strong room demand from convention and leisure visitors. This demand growth pushed occupancy to 89.5 percent, only the third time on record that occupancy rates for the month of June surpassed 89 percent. At the mid-way point of 2016, overall demand set a record level of more than 5 million room nights, a gain of 1.1 percent over last year's record performance.

CHICAGO, IL (July 25, 2016) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago President and CEO David Whitaker today announced the return of the American Society of Association Executives' (ASAE) Annual Meeting & Exposition to Chicago from August 18-21, 2018. Approximately 7,000 association professionals from across the U.S. and world are expected to attend the convention that will bring in more than $16 million in estimated direct expenditures. Chicago last hosted the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in 2007.

Choose Chicago President and CEO David Whitaker today announced the appointment of Ken Bennett as Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Community Affairs for Choose Chicago effective Monday, July 11. In this new position, Bennett will be responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships with local community leaders and state officials to enhance Choose Chicago's role in local and state tourism and economic development. Bennett most recently served as First Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Public Engagement for the City of Chicago's Mayor's Office.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Choose Chicago Board Chair Desiree Rogers today named David Whitaker as President and CEO of Choose Chicago. Whitaker most recently served as chief marketing officer for Brand USA, the nation's official destination marketing organization based in Washington D.C., where he oversaw the fully integrated marketing campaigns in 14 international markets as well as Brand USA's international trade offices.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2016

CONTACT:
Kara Carmichael
312.567.8587
kcarmichael@choosechicago.com

Melanie Perez
312.567.8531
mperez@choosechicago.com

Choose Chicago today announced that growth in Chicago's leisure hotel room demand set new records in the first quarter of 2016 and drove overall performance to surpass post-recession average performance. With 1.448 million rooms occupied, leisure demand set new records in all three months of the quarter for a total increase of 6.8 percent from the first quarter of 2015. In total, first quarter 2016 hotel performance saw 1.99 million rooms occupied, surpassing the first quarter post-recession average of 1.75 million.

JAMES BEARD EATS WEEK RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN

Thursday, March 31, 2016 12:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, March 31

CONTACT:
Kara Carmichael
312.567.8587
kcarmichael@choosechicago.com

Melanie Perez
312.567.8531
mperez@choosechicago.com

 

CHICAGO - Choose Chicago, in partnership with CS Magazine and the Illinois Restaurant Association, today announced a week-long culinary celebration inspired by James Beard, the man known as the "Dean of American cookery," that leads up to the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards and Gala on May 2. James Beard Eats Week will begin April 22 and run through May 2, 2016, during which guests at more than 120 Chicago restaurants can enjoy a James Beard-inspired menu or dish. To kick-off the celebration, CS Magazine will present an inaugural exclusive Sneak Peak Soirée on Wednesday, April 20 at VenueOne.