Meetings Industry Mourns the Loss of Bob Lander

He leaves a legacy of leadership, including 15 years with the Austin CVB.

The meetings and hospitality industry mourns the loss of Bob Lander, an industry legend who led the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau for nearly 15 years before retiring in 2016. Lander reportedly suffered a long battle with cancer.

Prior to moving to Texas, Lander spent five years as executive vice president of the Phoenix CVB. Before moving into destination marketing, Lander has a 20-year career in the hotel industry, primarily with Radisson Hotels and Resorts.

"Bob was a staunch believer in our industry and the impact it made for all the communities we serve," said Destinations International president Don Welsh in a tribute on LinkedIn today. 

Lander was active in many industry organizations throughout his career, including Destinations International, the Professional Conference Management Association and the American Society of Association Executives. Among many honors and accolades, he was inducted into the Destinations International Hall of Fame at this year's annual convention.

"Bob leaves a lasting legacy on our industry," said Welsh, "one that I will forever be grateful for."