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Visit Baltimore’s Tom Noonan Heading to Austin CVB

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
April 25, 2016
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Austin, TX – Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore, has been named the new President and CEO of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau effective May 9.

Noonan, who spent nearly 10 years in Baltimore, returns to Texas, the state that he considered home and where he spent two decades with the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Austin is a top convention and leisure destination and I look forward to this incredible opportunity,” said Noonan.

“It is a bittersweet moment for me and my family as we leave Baltimore and return home to Texas,” Noonan said. Visit Baltimore COO, Ron Melton will serve as interim Pesident and CEO while a search for a permanent replacement is conducted.

Austin, the Texas state capital, enjoys a nationwide reputation as a center for live music. Its convention center is ranked 53rd on the Trade Show Executive World’s Top Convention Centers with more than 247,000 square feet of prime exhibit space. The city has also seen its downtown hotel inventory grow to 7,200 rooms with the 1,068-room Fairmont Austin coming on line in 2017.

Noonan will replace an equally experienced tourism hand in Bob Lander, who is retiring. Lander joined the Austin CVB in 2001 after a long stint as Executive Vice President of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is the 2016 chair of Destination Marketing Association International.

Reach Tom Noonan at (410) 659-7300 or tnoonan@baltimore.org; Bob Lander at (512) 474-5171 or rlander@austintexas.org

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