The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is happy to announce the hire of Rita Lowery as Director of Sales. Ms. Lowery has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality-tourism industry, from holding key sales positions at major hotels in Atlanta and Macon to working at Cobb Travel & Tourism (CVB) for over 13 years. While there she headed the Cobb Sports Council.

“We feel privileged to have Rita’s joining our CVB and heading up its sales division," said CVB Director Chuck Jones. "Rita will oversee all sales initiatives and be responsible for ensuring that all goals and performance metrics are met, including generating actualized room nights and achieving a high citywide occupancy rate, especially given the 2013 expansion of The Classic Center and increased hotel inventory in Athens, including a Hyatt Place connected to The Classic Center."

 About the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau is a proactive sales and marketing organization whose primary goal is to increase the economic impact of the hospitality and visitor industry by attracting individual visitors, group tours, and meetings and conventions to Athens. Tourism WORKS for Athens, contributing $273.40 million in spending, 2,600 jobs and $17.86 million in local and state tax revenue in 2014.