• Visit Plano Appointed New SMERF and Government Sales Manager

     
    POSTED October 16, 2016
     

Visit Plano has appointed Shane Sorenson as the new SMERF (social, military, education, religious, and fraternal) and government sales manager. Sorenson is replacing Kay Summerville, who has retired after nine years at Visit Plano.

Sorenson has experience working for the Wichita Falls CVB, and has recently earned the Texas Destination Marketer credential. He’s also a Certified Tourism Ambassador, member of TACVB, TTIA, and Event Service Professionals Association.

“Shane’s ability to assess and meet the needs of any group make him a great asset to Visit Plano,” says Mark Thompson, director, Visit Plano, “and [these skills] will ensure his success in this new role.”

Sorenson has been with Visit Plano since March 2014, as the convention services coordinator. With the new appointment, Sorenson is now responsible for booking SMERF and government conventions, meetings, events and scheduling hotel room nights in Plano.

Results from the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) 2022 Incentive Travel Destination Preferences & Their Impact on Motivation confirmed that interest in incentive travel as a motivating sales reward is at an all-time high. 91% of 405 survey respondents described group incentive travel as extremely or very motivating compared to 80% last year. Individual incentive travel was rated even higher as a motivational award at 96% versus 84% last year. 

 

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