SAN ANTONIO, Tex. – Visit San Antonio has named Marc Anderson as its new president and CEO, effective June 1. Anderson brings 29 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry to his new position in San Antonio, including work in global sales, marketing, public relations, and e-commerce.
He succeeds Casandra Matej, who joined Visit Orlando in January.
“Our board of directors is thrilled to introduce a leader of Marc’s caliber into our community and to help guide Visit San Antonio into the future,” said Jeffrey Arndt, chairman of the Visit San Antonio board. “Marc joins an already outstanding team in San Antonio and possesses the qualifications and expertise to help us navigate through the COVID recovery period and create a lasting impact on our area.”
For the past six years, Anderson has served as chief operating officer for Choose Chicago, the sales and marketing entity for the City of Chicago, and McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. Additionally, Anderson has extensive international experience, promoting the United States and developing new territories with relationships in Canada, China, and the Middle East.
“I am thrilled to join the Visit San Antonio team and this vibrant community that is poised for not only an incredible recovery, but extensive growth in the coming years,” Anderson said. “As the seventh-largest city in the United States, San Antonio is experiencing a renaissance unlike many cities in our country. The city’s pro-tourism and pro-business stance was an invigorating and welcome opportunity. After all, DMOs are in existence to drive economic impact and tax revenues, increase demand, create new jobs, and keep people working and uplift our cities across the world.”