Steve Moore, president and CEO of Visit Phoenix, the Arizona city's convention and visitors bureau, yesterday announced to the organization's board that he plans to retire on March 31, at the end of his contract. Moore has been with the CVB since March 2002, helping the city develop a new convention center and headquarters hotel; the Phoenix Convention Center and the 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown both opened in 2009. (To learn how CVBs are reinventing themselves during the coronavirus pandemic, click here and here.)
"People have told me that when it’s time, you will know it," he said in announcing his decision. "They were right, and I shared my intentions this past year with both my past and current chairs."
Moore has spent 46 years working at a variety of destination marketing organizations, including 14 years running the bureau in San Antonio, Texas, and 14 years before that with the Houston CVB. At all three organizations, he was instrumental in opening and expanding convention centers and attracting new hotels to the cities.
Always involved in the greater hospitality industry, Moore was a founding board member for the Meetings Mean Business coalition and is on the board of Destinations International, the industry association for CVBs.
A national search will be conducted to find a new leader for Visit Phoenix, according to a spokesperson for the CVB. Plans currently are being developed for going forward after Moore leaves on March 31.