Destinations International Names Gretchen Hall COO

The tourism veteran will step down from her position as president and CEO of the Little Rock CVB before joining DI on April 1.

Gretchen Hall, CDME, is Destinations International new COO.

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Destinations International has named Gretchen Hall, CDME, as the organization’s COO. Hall, who will start her new post on April 1, has served as president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau in Arkansas for a decade. Her last day at the CVB is March 22. Hall has also stepped down from her position as 2021-'22 chair of DI’s board of directors. 

In her new role, the tourism veteran will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation, communication and retention of global business and membership initiatives. She will be a member of the organization’s executive leadership team and will be responsible for working with all departments and team members.

"I have always been passionate about the travel and tourism industry, and the impact it makes on our local communities,” said Hall. “The dedicated team of professionals at Destinations International provides vital tools, training and resources that support the growth and future success of destination organizations around the world. For that reason, I am excited and honored to join the team at Destinations International and help advance their great work as our industry progresses beyond this pandemic."

DI president and CEO Don Welsh said, “Gretchen is an experienced and proven leader in our industry and her community; we have been very fortunate to work with Gretchen in her various roles on our board. She has extensive knowledge of our industry, having led the Little Rock CVB for many years, and her leadership and passion for the growth of destination organizations will no doubt benefit our members around the world.”

Since Hall has stepped down as the chair of DI’s board, Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and immediate past board chair, will resume the role for the remainder of the 2021-'22 term. Al Hutchinson, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore, is scheduled to take over as board chair at DI's annual convention, taking place July 19-21 in Toronto.