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President and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau To Chair Board of Directors for Industry's International Trade Organization

Martha Sheridan Becomes Fourth Woman to Serve in Role

Providence, RI – Martha Sheridan, president and CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been named to the Chair of the Board of Directors for the tourism trade organization Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).

"I congratulate Martha on her new leadership position with the global trade association," Governor Lincoln D. Chafee said. "Martha brings a valuable perspective and will be working with industry leaders to elevate Rhode Island's tourism industry and to promote the state's reputation as a great destination with its many assets including the beautiful shoreline, historic sites and award-winning cuisine."

"I am humbled and honored to become the chair of this association, as we mark the centennial year of building a connected and unified destination marketing industry," said Sheridan, in her speech accepting the prestigious post. "I am proud to represent destination marketing professionals that do incredible work for communities internationally. Your collective passion is what makes this industry so remarkable."

Sheridan, who lives in Wakefield, R.I., has been actively involved in the DMAI for several years and was named board chair at the organization's 99th Annual Convention in Orlando in July. Upon accepting the post, she became the fourth woman to step into the role. She previously served on DMAI's Education Committee and chaired its Technology Committee.

As the leader of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sheridan plays an integral role in the creation of the Rhode Island Sports Commission, now a division of the Bureau. The Bureau's mission is to create vibrant growth for the local hospitality economy by promoting, and expanding a unified visitor industry.

About Destination Association Marketing International (DMAI)

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) protects and advances the success of destination marketing worldwide. DMAI's influential membership includes nearly 600 official destination marketing organizations (DMOs), also known as tourism boards or Convention and Visitor Bureaus, from nearly 20 countries that command $2.1 billion in annual budgets. As the world's largest and most reliable resource for DMOs, it provides more than 3,700 individual members - professionals, industry partners, educators and students - the most innovative and relevant educational resources, networking opportunities and marketing intelligence worldwide.

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