• Visit Austin President and CEO Nominated to two Board of Director Positions

     
    POSTED July 25, 2017
     

President and CEO of Visit Austin, Tom Noonan, has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for both the American Society of Association Executives and Destinations International. The nominations are in addition to his current service on the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors. Noonan has also served on the board for the Association Forum.

ASAE is comprised of both organizations and association professionals, and is considered the center for association leadership. Noonan will be the only member of the board that is a member of a destination marketing organization. DI (formerly Destinations Marketing Association International), is an essential resource for destination marketing. It is a global trade association that acts as a resource for DMOs, conventions and visitors bureaus, and tourism boards.

“It is a special honor to be given the opportunity to serve on the ASAE Board of Directors in one of the few supplier slots,” says Noonan. “Personally, it is especially sweet having the opportunity to serve on the same industry board that my father has previously served during his long association management career. I am grateful to be nominated to both ASAE and DI Boards and I look forward to working with my colleagues and with these associations as they are both important to our industry.”

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

In light of COVID-19, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) discovered that 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure trips or overnight travel before the end of 2020.