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Summe Elected Chair of State Travel Industry Association

The president and CEO of meetNKY|Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau was elected chairman of the board at the Kentucky Travel Industry Association (KTIA) for 2020.

Eric Summe replaces Victor Patel, the general manager at the Best Western Inn in Corbin. 

This year’s annual KTIA conference was held last week at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, with more than 375 tourism professionals from Kentucky and around the country in attendance.

Founded in 1980, KTIA serves Kentucky’s tourism industry with advocacy, education, information and business development services. Above all, KTIA leads a concerted effort to increase awareness of the vital role that tourism plays in Kentucky’s economy. 

In 2017, the Kentucky Hotel & Lodging Association merged with KTIA, creating a more representative organization of the state’s tourism industry. 

“Tourism is a major contributor to the Commonwealth’s economic growth and prosperity,” Summe said. “Our association members work together to ensure our partners, stakeholders and communities realize and appreciate the value visitors bring. In addition, the association enhances member efficiency by encouraging ongoing educational opportunities and supporting high standards of professional practices throughout the industry.”

In his role as board chairperson, Summe said he's looking forward to working with his colleagues to continue advancing Kentucky’s position as a premier visitor destination forward.

"Our association is a close-knit group that works together to advance our industry," he said. "And this year, we’re very excited to host the annual conference here in Northern Kentucky and have the chance to showcase our vibrant region. All of our partners around the state and beyond really enjoy coming here for the many experiences and great hospitality."

-Staff report

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