Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) welcomes Jo Ann Herold to serve as chair of the board of directors for 2020. Herold is chief marketing officer at The Honey Baked Ham Company.
“As we enter a new decade, Jo Ann’s leadership will help us maintain momentum in positioning Atlanta as a top destination for business and leisure travel,” said William Pate, president and CEO, ACVB. “Jo Ann’s marketing and business expertise makes her an invaluable leader to the organization and in delivering on our mission.”
Herold joined ACVB’s board in 2009 and has more than 25 years of experience in the marketing industry. She previously served as president of American Marketing Association’s Atlanta chapter and donated her time on the marketing boards of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Crime Stoppers, Fernbank Museum of Natural History and Zoo Atlanta. Herold earned her MBA in international business from Mercer University.
“It’s such an honor to work with William Pate and the team at ACVB,” said Herold. “Atlanta is a thriving city, and I love that it offers so many amazing attractions and amenities for locals and visitors alike. It is truly a global destination and I embrace this opportunity to keep Atlanta prominent on the world’s stage.”
ACVB’s chair is elected by its board of directors.
- Cvent ranked Atlanta No. 4 on its 2019 list of Top 50 Cities for Meetings and Events, moving up one position from 2018. Cvent evaluated more than 1,000 cities, ranking them based on meeting and event booking activity in the Cvent Supplier Network.
- Northstar Meetings Group selected ACVB for the 2019 Stella Award for Best CVB/DMO in the Southeast, demonstrating quality service and innovation to meeting professionals.
- Smart Meetings awarded ACVB the 2019 Platinum Choice Award for excellent service and resources.
- For the fifth consecutive year, Corporate & Incentive Travel awarded ACVB the Award of Excellence for excelling in serving the needs of customers.
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association has selected Atlanta, Georgia’s capital and an LGBTQ+ oasis in the southern United States, as the host city for its 38th Annual Global Convention, May 5-8, 2021. This will be the first time the city has hosted IGLTA’s premier educational and networking event.
The opening night reception, sponsored by Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be held at Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United States and the only marine institution outside of Asia to house whale sharks. The aquarium, a longtime IGLTA member, has presented the kickoff party for Atlanta Pride for the past 10 years. Voyage, the annual IGLTA Foundation fundraiser held during the convention, will take place under the wings of a 747 in Delta Flight Museum, courtesy of Delta Air Lines.
“On behalf of Atlanta’s entire hospitality community, we are thrilled to host the 2021 IGLTA Global Convention and welcome attendees from across the world,” said William Pate, President and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Atlanta is a progressive and inclusive city and hosting this international event will allow us to showcase what makes it a fantastic destination for LGBTQ+ travelers.”
Atlanta is home to the largest LGBTQ+ Pride event in the Southeastern U.S., as well as numerous other well-attended LGBTQ+ events, such as Out on Film, Black Gay Pride and the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival. The city has a large gayborhood in its Midtown neighborhood.
“Atlanta delivers a blend of Southern hospitality and urban sophistication that sets the stage for a successful, welcoming conference,” says IGLTA Board Chair Jon Muñoz. “Our global delegates that have not yet experienced Atlanta’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community are in for a treat, and the venues the city has selected to showcase are truly world class.”
IGLTA’s board of directors determines each year’s host city through an extensive bidding process that considers the association’s diverse membership as well as the destination’s support for LGBTQ+ tourism and its desire to grow that presence. Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau has been an IGLTA Global Partner since 2013, and Delta Air Lines, headquartered in Atlanta, has been an IGLTA Global Partner since 2006.