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Travel Alberta appoints Richard Wong to lead new Edmonton office

Travel Alberta is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard A. Wong as Executive Director, Industry Consulting, effective March 7, 2011.

Reporting directly to Bruce Okabe, CEO of Travel Alberta, Mr. Wong will be a member of Travel Alberta’s Executive Leadership Team, responsible for leading Travel Alberta’s new Edmonton office and Travel Alberta’s team of regional industry consultants.  He will be accountable for the effective delivery of Travel Alberta’s stakeholder engagement strategy which includes industry and government relations, industry education and industry participation programs.

Mr. Wong brings to Travel Alberta more than 25 years of national and international management experience in the hospitality sector.  Since 2003, he has been General Manager of The Sutton Place Hotel in Edmonton.  Active in the community, Richard has served as a board member of Edmonton Economic Development Corp., Chair of the Downtown Business Association, Co-Chair of the Edmonton Destination Marketing Fee and the NAIT Tourism and Hospitality Advisory Council, among many other community and charitable organizations.

“We are very fortunate to attract an industry leader with Richard’s impressive credentials and reputation to Travel Alberta,” said Mr. Okabe.  “His intimate knowledge of Edmonton and Alberta’s tourism industry will be critical for Travel Alberta and the industry we serve to become stronger at marketing Alberta as a tourism destination.  His leadership will contribute significantly to achieving our vision of becoming Canada’s pre-eminent tourism marketing agency,” he said.  “The opportunity to join a world-class tourism marketing organization and promote our great province, excites me,” said Mr. Wong. “I look forward to working with my tourism and hospitality colleagues across the province to help grow their business.”

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