Session: USA Tourism Boards
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Who is Craig Davis?
Craig T. Davis is President & CEO of VisitDallas, the city’s sales and marketing organization. He directs and manages all of VisitDallas’ strategies, operations, activities and staff of more than 80 individuals as the nonprofit organization works to achieve its mission: generate convention, trade show and leisure travel business for the City of Dallas, which greatly impacts the economy and helps support more than 65,000 jobs.
Davis has worked in the hospitality industry for more than three decades. He began his tenure as President & CEO of VisitDallas in January 2020. Prior to VisitDallas, since 2012, he served as President & CEO of VisitPittsburgh. During his 19-year career at VisitPittsburgh, Davis also served as Executive Director of Convention Sales and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Davis’ extensive background in the hospitality industry includes experience in marketing and sales at hotels in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Toronto.
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Davis became a U.S. citizen in 2001. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. In 2002, Davis became a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) and now serves as a course instructor for its leadership program. The CDME status is recognized within the convention and visitors bureau industry as its highest educational achievement. Today, he serves as the Chairman of Destinations International.
He resides in the City of Dallas.