• Visit Aurora President and CEO reflects on first year

     
    POSTED May 8, 2018
     

Bruce Dalton celebrates one year as Visit Aurora’s President and CEO. Dalton has championed Aurora’s role in the local meetings and conventions market through fostering relationships with the newest property developments, meeting planners, and must-see visitor attractions.

“Since last April, we’ve made some significant changes in the right direction. To start, our team of four has grown to a team of 12 to support 60 hotel properties with more than 10,000 hotel rooms in Aurora and the surrounding Denver Metro,” said Dalton.

The visitor industry is an important economic engine for area businesses and residents. “In 2016 alone, more than $45 million in local tax revenue from direct tourism spending benefited the City of Aurora,” said Dalton.

Research shows that there is a significant return on investment made by marketing the destination through tourism. There is an opportunity and need for an enhanced competitive position and significant growth in visitor spending. Aurora should expect a dramatic expansion in efforts to drive demand and increase visibility to attract convention and leisure travelers. “Big things are happening in Aurora, and we can’t wait to reveal what’s next,” said Dalton.

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel has announced the appointment of Russell Shearer as executive chef. With over a decade of experience working in hospitality kitchens across the country, most recently at JW Marriott Chicago, Shearer will oversee the hotel’s culinary operation, including one of Chicago’s hottest rooftop destinations, Raised. 

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to Megan Gosch

The Albert in Hotel EMC2 recently appointed Larry Feldmeier as its new executive chef. With over 12 years of experience in the industry, Feldmeier will combine technique and style to create a refined, yet innovative menu for the contemporary restaurant.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to Megan Gosch

Michael Murphy was recently appointed general manager of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino.

What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as General Manager?