Two new members have stepped up to Destination Gettysburg’s board of directors.

The CVB recently elected Andrea Proulx, director, sales and marketing, Gettysburg Hotel and Bryan Johnson, CTA, general manager, Country Inn & Suites By Carlson hotel to serve three-year terms on the board, starting July 1.

“We’re excited to have Andrea and Bryan on the board to help establish the direction of Destination Gettysburg as the organization looks to grow tourism as the county’s top industry,” says Norris Flowers, president of Destination Gettysburg.

Destination Gettysburg recently acknowledged outgoing board members Deb Adamik of Main Street Gettysburg and Leonard Loski of Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association Gettysburg for their service on the board.

In other news, on July 1, Tammy Myers, president, Gettysburg Heritage Center, became the board’s chairwoman, taking the place of immediate past chairman Max Felty, Gettysburg Group Reservations. Del Gudmestad of Mulligan MacDuffer Adventure Golf was elected chairman-elect, Mike Hanson of the Gaslight Inn B&B as treasurer and Mary Lynn Martin of Hickory Bridge Farm as secretary.

“We have an exciting year ahead as we strive to reach new and younger visitors to Adams County by marketing a variety of experiences throughout the region,” says Flowers.

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.