Chris Thompson awarded the first-ever National Tourism Leadership Award

May 9, 2018


Chris Thompson, CEO of Brand USA and one of EFTI’s newest board members, received the first-ever National Tourism Leadership Award presented by Skal International- USA.

This award was created to annually recognize major contributions by an individual who has grown tourism to and within the United States. On hand for the award presentation were Susanna Saari, Skal International president from Turku, Finland, and Daniela Otero, Skal International CEO, from Torremolinos, Spain.

"It's an honor to have my peers recognize me in this way," Thompson said. "The members of the North American Skal club have supported me and guided me in so many ways throughout my career, and to be the first recipient of the National Tourism Leadership Award is humbling."

Thompson has led the expansion of Brand USA in its role as the as the force behind the marketing of the United States as a premiere travel destinations in the global marketplace.

"I am proud of the work we are doing at Brand USA to promote the United States as a premier travel destination," Thompson added. "The USA remains as aspirational as ever.”

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