Ty Speer has been appointed president and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, the city’s 111-year-old destination marketing and management organization. He joins Tourism Vancouver from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where he was deputy CEO.
“I’m excited to join the team at Tourism Vancouver to build on the organization’s tremendous success to date and to work with the City, the Province and various stakeholders including Destination BC, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Hotel Association of Vancouver and our members and partners in making Vancouver a must-visit destination for meeting planners, tour operators, consumers and travel journalists from key markets all over the world,” said Speer.
Bob Lindsay, chair of Tourism Vancouver’s board, said it was Speer’s proven business acumen from his experience in the private sector, as well as his strategic and operational responsibilities for major sporting events, including the Glasgow Games and the London Olympics, that made him the clear choice for the job.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have secured the services of Ty whose extensive sales, marketing and senior international leadership background will help lead Tourism Vancouver through both busy and challenging times in the years ahead,” said Lindsay.
Prior to his recent consecutive games’ experiences, Speer held senior positions with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and Octagon (formerly Advantage International).
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, he has a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Management, both from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney.
Speer will attend Tourism Vancouver’s annual general meeting on June 26th and formally take up his CEO duties with Tourism Vancouver on July 14, 2014.