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Fred Dixon - NYC & Company (President & CEO)
On March, 14, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of Fred Dixon as President & CEO of NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization. With more than 23 years of experience in the travel industry, Dixon has the overall responsibility for developing and implementing New York City’s tourism and convention development strategy internationally as well as in domestic leisure and business markets. At NYC & Company, he has built a professional sales and marketing team that is at the core of the organization’s strategy to increase visitation and increase economic impact across the City.

Joining NYC & Company in 2005, Fred leads the aggressive and successful expansion of the City’s international marketing efforts. With a strategic focus on growing visitation and visitor spending, NYC & Company focused on emerging global markets rapidly expanding the City’s presence from six traditionally strong origin markets to 18 offices covering 25 countries in just over two years. With a network of sales, marketing and press professionals in diverse feeder markets from Australia to the UK, China to Mexico and India to Brazil, New York City remains at the forefront of inbound international tourism to the US.

The period from 2005 to 2013 has seen a 68% increase in international visitation from 6.8 million to over 11.4 million a year, more than 1½ times faster than the US as a whole. Economic activity as a result of international visitor spending is rising faster than the economy overall and reached $18 billion in 2013, a 68% increase since 2005. The total economic contribution of the industry is now over $55 billion annually, supporting over 370,000 jobs and contributing over $3.5 billion to local taxes.

A respected and valued leader in a global industry with positions on travel industry association boards and planning committees, Fred has served on boards including National Tour Association [NTA], Tourism Cares, Student & Youth Travel Association [SYTA], US Travel Association/IPW Planning Committee and was the City’s appointment to the Board of the Javits Center Operating Corporation.

He is the city’s primary liaison to the state’s travel and tourism industry in addition to Empire State Development and I Love NY. Locally Fred has built tactical relationships with industry partners, airlines, cruise, and transportation; credit cards and OTAs; hotels, restaurants and entertainment companies; the City’s arts and cultural organizations, borough tourism offices and the small business members of NYC & Company across all five boroughs that keep the industry growing and creating jobs and opportunities.

Prior to joining NYC & Company, Fred served in key positions at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Planet Hollywood International, The Biltmore Estate, the Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, Delta Airlines and Group Sales Box Office.

Fred is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and resides in midtown Manhattan.
  - Website: www.nycgo.com

Conference Presentations

LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Symposium New York - May 16, 2017

April 21, 2015
11:30 AM
12:30 PM

LGBT Tourism Marketing in the Big City: New York

NYC is the most visited big city in America and home to one of the largest, if not the largest concentrations of LGBT residents. It is also the most popular destination visited by LGBT travelers.
So why does it need to still market to the LGBT audience?
How does it speak to them?
Can NYC strategies be employed by other destinations that may be smaller and not have the same resources?

Join NYC & Company, the official Destination Marketing Organization for NYC as it addresses these and a number of other related subjects on Tourism Marketing to the LGBT audience.

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