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VISIT FLORIDA names Chris Thompson to Florida Tourism Hall of Fame

  • VISIT FLORIDA names Chris Thompson to Florida Tourism Hall of Fame
    Since 2012, Thompson has been the President and CEO of Brand USA, a public-private partnership created by the Federal Travel Promotion Act of 2009 dedicated to marketing the United States as a major travel destination. VISIT FLORIDA names Chris Thompson to Florida Tourism Hall of Fame
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Being inducted into the VISIT FLORIDA Tourism Hall of Fame is the greatest moment of my professional life. And to have shared the moment with my family, friends, mentors, peers, and colleagues is still overwhelming.   

Chris Thompson was inducted into VISIT FLORIDA’s Florida Tourism Hall of Fame.

Since 2012, Thompson has been the President and CEO of Brand USA, a public-private partnership created by the Federal Travel Promotion Act of 2009 dedicated to marketing the United States as a major travel destination.

Prior to this, Thompson had spent decades in various roles with the Florida Department of Commerce, Leon County Tourist Development Council, Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, MarketServe and Visit Florida, where he served as President and CEO from 2009 to 2012 .

He is also currently on the board of Destination International and a member of the advisory board of the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute at the University of Florida. Thompson has been a member of several national leadership boards, including the US Travel Association, the US Travel and Tourism Travel Marketing Executive and the Tourism Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Miami branch.

“Florida’s reputation as a world-renowned vacation destination is largely due to the tourism industry leaders who have led the way in our success. Chris Thompson has been a vital force not only in Florida, but the entire American travel industry as well. We are thrilled to welcome Chris into the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame and we congratulate him on this incredible honor,” said Florida President and CEO Dana Young.

"Being inducted into the VISIT FLORIDA Tourism Hall of Fame is the greatest moment of my professional life. And to have shared the moment with my family, friends, mentors, peers, and colleagues is still overwhelming",  Chris Thompson said. 
 
"As I reflect on the events of last night, three words come to mind: grateful, humbled, and honored". 
 
"I’m grateful to my family who have been on this ride with me since the very beginning and who keep me grounded in what truly matters in life". 
 
"I’m humbled beyond words. The state of Florida has shaped me from the kid who arrived in Gainesville freshman year at the University of Florida to the man I am today. It has been the backdrop for most of my major life events and all those memories that carry such special meaning. It has created an optimist who always sees the sun rising not setting. So, to be recognized by this state that carries such a special place in my heart is humbling". 
 
"It's an honor. I’ve been blessed with professional opportunities at three levels first with Tallahassee and Leon County, twice with the state of Florida, and now leading our nation’s destination marketing organization. I’m honored to have been recognized in this way alongside Florida’s tourism legends".
 
"There’s a saying, “You’re only as good as the people you have around you” and I’m no different. To the colleagues I’ve worked with and teams I’ve had the privileged to lead, THANK YOU! I wouldn't be here without you", said.