Destination International names 2022 Hall of Fame inductees

Destinations International has announced its 2022 Hall of Fame class, including Greg Ortale, former president and CEO of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Robert “Bob” Lander, former president and CEO of Visit Austin.
Destinations International has announced its 2022 Hall of Fame class, including Greg Ortale, former president and CEO of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Robert “Bob” Lander, former president and CEO of Visit Austin.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Destinations International, the world’s largest resource for destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus, and tourism boards, has announced the 2022 Hall of Fame inductees.

The Hall of Fame, started in 2014 during Destinations International’s 100th anniversary, was created to recognize individuals who have made an impact on destination marketing and management for the better, made significant contributions to the advancement of the industry, and shaped travel marketing and management.

The recipients of The Destination Organization Leadership Award were also announced. The award was created in 2017 and is amongst the association’s most important honors, recognizing individuals who, through their work and achievements, have made a significant impact on the destination organization industry as well as a difference in their communities.

This year, the association has updated the Hall of Fame and Destination Organization Leadership Award criteria to fit different categories.

“These leaders have made tremendous contributions to our industry and their respective destinations,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “These visionaries have been responsible for the evolution of our industry and have had a profound impact on its healthy future. Thank you to the Destinations International awards committee for their hard work and dedication in naming this year’s Hall of Fame and Destination Organization Leadership Award recipients.”

Among the 2022 Destination International Hall of Fame inductees include:

– Greg Ortale, former president and CEO of Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

– Paul Astleford, former president and CEO of Visit Jacksonville

– Reyn Bowman, former president and CEO of Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

– Robert “Bob” Lander, former president & CEO of Visit Austin

– Shelly Green, CDME, former president & CEO of Discover Durham

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