The Tri-State Tourism Council has chosen Chris Hamilton, President & CEO of Greater Galena Marketing Inc., to serve as president of the coalition of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin travel industry leaders. The Tri-State Tourism Council embraces a regional tourism approach, marketing the area under the Upper Mississippi River Valley branding. The Council provides and publicizes a variety of attractions, lodging, and events to potential visitors to generate longer and more extensive stays in the area.
The Council’s mission is to form partnerships with local businesses, organizations, and communities to promote tourism and travel to the tri-state area of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin and positively impact the overall economic benefit of hosting visitors.
Hamilton is a Certified Tourism Professional, as well as a certified Tourism Marketing Professional, Festivals & Events Specialist, and Entrepreneurial Coach. He is a recent graduate of the Institute of Organization Management. He has won numerous awards for destination marketing and innovative techniques and is a frequent speaker and consultant on topics ranging from nonprofit management and organization structuring, to marketing, business, and economic development.