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Sponsor Spotlight -Louisville Tourism

By: Megan Perks, MBA, CMP, CMM | Jan 11, 2021


Doug Bennett, CTA, CASE
Sr. VP Convention Development
Louisville Tourism


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Doug is the Senior VP of Convention Development at Louisville Tourism. He started his career in the hospitality industry in high school which directed him to Purdue’s Hospitality Tourism Management Program then to the Hyatt after graduation. He has been with Louisville Tourism since 2015 and is excited about what 2021 has in store for the city. With GBAC Star Accredited facilities, new hotel and venue projects, and expansions underway in the Urban Bourbon Experience, we’re excited to welcome people back to Bourbon City! For the winter season, Doug would recommend his favorite cocktail – a riff on Louisville’s official cocktail – a smoked Old Fashioned with rye whiskey. “I enjoy the spice and nose that a crafted smoked Old Fashioned delivers. Perfect for this time a year.”

Although the travel and tourism industry has weathered a tough year, Louisville still earned its fair share of recognition, setting the stage for a strong recovery when the industry’s resurgence is expected to take off next year. Louisville amassed solid praise in 2020, with numerous media outlets adding the city to their top lists including accolades as one of “50 Best Cities in America” and one of “8 Emerging American Destinations for 2020." Learn more about Louisville – an experience like no other city.

Let’s get to know Doug:

How did you get started in the hospitality industry? My first job in high school was in a hotel which directed me to hospitality school. I worked through college in various hotels and positions. After graduating from Purdue’s Hospitality Tourism Management program, I began my career with Hyatt and have enjoyed 37 years in this industry.

How have mentors assisted you in your career? Mentors have been critical to my development and job promotions. The longer I have been in the industry the more I have recognized how valuable and important mentors are. Make an effort to intentionally reach out to people you admire and respect. Mirror what you admire and respect about have a high regard for their decision making and how they communicate and carry themselves in all types of situations. You should take advantage of their wisdom and years of experience. Your career will be enriched in doing so.

What’s your MPI connection? My association with MPI has always been positive and rewarding. From the national organization to the chapters, their mission and content has benefited my development and expanded my network of contacts. I have always paid close attention to individuals I have worked with when they carry the CMP designation. Their knowledge and relevance within the industry is apparent from your first interaction.

With a booming bourbon renaissance, iconic attractions, world-class hotels & venues and a renowned culinary scene, Louisville is an experience like no other city.
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Megan Perks, MBA, CMP, CMM

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