The Metropolitan Tucson Convention And Visitors Bureau Welcomes New Board Members And Chairman

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June 01, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau has elected four new members to its Board of Directors and named Lynn Ericksen, general manager of Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, as chair-elect. The 428-room full-service golf and tennis resort offers 41,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space as well as exceptional amenities for leisure travelers.

Ericksen will begin his term as chair in July 2011, replacing Robert J. Edison, former executive director of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, who served for two years. Ericksen, who has served on the MTCVB Board for three years, is also the secretary of the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, treasurer of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce and sits on the board of the Southern Arizona Lodging and Resort Association. Ericksen also serves as the general manager of Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, a position he has held for nearly four years.

“It is my honor and privilege to take on this important position and serve with such an outstanding group of leaders,” said Ericksen. “I look forward to representing Tucson’s visitor industry and working collectively to encourage business travel and tourism.”

The four new members, who will also begin their terms in July, are Pete Mangelsdorf, CEO of Old Tucson; Heather Lukach, director of the Visitor Center at University of Arizona; James Trudeau, general manager with United Airlines; and Tom Firth, managing partner at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort.

“Our new board members’ varied backgrounds and knowledge of the tourism industry will further enhance the mission of our organization,” said Jonathan Walker, president and CEO of the MTCVB. “We are happy to have them on our team.”

The MTCVB thanks immediate past Chair Edison, and outgoing board members Connie Dudley, Serendipity Tour Consultants; Steve Fell, National Bank of Arizona; Doug Kramar, Convention & Group Services: USA, Inc.; and Steve Pagnucco, Universal Avionics Systems Corp.

About Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau
The MTCVB is an independent, non-profit organization, whose mission is to drive and enhance the economic prosperity of the metropolitan Tucson area by promoting, selling, and marketing the region for meetings, conventions and leisure-based tourism. For more information go to VisitTucson.org.

About Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
Awarded with the prestigious AAA Four-Diamond rating 27 years in a row, Hilton Tucson El Conquistador is the largest golf resort in Southern Arizona offering 45-holes of championship golf on three different courses: The Conquistador, The Cañada and Pusch Ridge, which cater to all levels of golf enthusiasts with a comprehensive golf academy. The resort also features the West’s largest resort tennis facility, and has on-site spa services. Located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountain range in Northwest Tucson, AZ., this luxury full-service resort features 428 guestrooms, suites, and casitas with spectacular views of the mountains, pool, city or desert landscape. El Conquistador offers more than 100,000 square feet of redesigned indoor/outdoor meeting space and five unique Tucson dining experiences, each with its own distinctly different menu and setting.

About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

For nearly a century, Hilton Hotels & Resorts has been proudly welcoming the world's travelers. With more than 570 hotels across six continents, Hilton Hotels & Resorts provides the foundation for memorable travel experiences and values every guest who walks through its doors. As the flagship brand of Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues to set the standard for hospitality, providing new product innovations and services to meet guests' evolving needs. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is a part of the award-winning Hilton Honors program. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Begin your journey at www.hilton.com and learn more about the brand by visiting news.hilton.com or following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.