• Michelle Kim Named New Director of Tourism for Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce

    POSTED January 23, 2018

The Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced that Michelle Kim will be the new director of tourism. In her new role, she will be managing the day-to-day operations of the Convention & Visitors Bureau division. Kim will oversee operations of the Welcome Center, carry out tourism development projects, supervise all division employees and implement programs and partnerships.

"It’s not often when you can find an exceptionally qualified candidate for such an integral position right in your own backyard, but that is what we found in Michelle," said Tom McIntire, chairman of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. "Michelle’s roots in Galesburg run deep, and her enthusiasm and desire to see our community succeed is readily apparent to anyone who speaks with her. With her leadership, I firmly believe that she can bring substantial development and growth to the CVB."

Kim comes to the role from Costa Catholic Academy where she was the marketing and development director. Her previous roles also include resource development manager and service coordinator at the Knox Housing Authority. Additionally, Kim owns the Cherry Street Restaurant & Bar, giving her intimate knowledge of local tourism and hospitality in Galesburg.

"The Convention & Visitors Bureau is at an exciting moment in the life of the entity," said Jessica Linder, executive director of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce. "We’ve seen good results over the past few years in terms of visitor numbers and tax revenue generated through hotel room nights, as well as food, retail, and gas. We see great opportunity for tourism in the region and we are poised to take a very critical look at our operations to drive results even further. We believe that Michelle is exactly the person we need to do that.”

The Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is a division of the Chamber of Commerce responsible for marketing Galesburg and Knox County to visitors to contribute to community development. 

Popular lakeside meetings and events destination The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa has announced the completion of major renovations to Abbey Harbor on Lake Geneva as well as the resort's all-new outdoor pavilion. 

The family-focused, Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin Dells in 1997. Over the next two decades, it slowly expanded with more properties around the Midwest, moving into the Northeast, South, West and Canada. And this summer, the greater Chicago area will get its first resort from the brand.


VISIT Milwaukee, the convention and visitors bureau for Milwaukee, has redefined the city’s online image for meeting planners and recruiters and captured the spirit of Milwaukee’s people, neighborhoods, events, and attractions through a new website.

“Our research reinforced that people are most interested in visiting cities that spark a passion for discovery and offer the chance to collect unique experiences,” said Megan Suardini, vice president of marketing & communications for VISIT Milwaukee.