Questex Travel Group today announced the appointment of Kirk R. Lewis as director of GMITE portfolio, responsible for leading the company’s invitation-only, appointment-based Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange events that cater exclusively to the MICE segment ─ meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
He also will oversee the company’s International Meetings Review, a comprehensive online news source for the global meetings community.
Lewis most recently was publisher of Meetings & Conventions magazine, published by Northstar Travel Media LLC, where he enjoyed a 15-year career beginning as an associate publisher in 2000, then publisher in 2010. During his tenure, he oversaw the rebranding and relaunch of M&C magazine and its redesigned website, www.mcmag.com, and led a team that developed several new digital products and one-to-one appointment events.
Prior to that, Lewis served as the northeast sales director for USA Today in New York, representing the financial and sports sectors. During that time, he was nominated for Sale of The Year for orchestrating a $4.2 million deal after six months with the company.
“Kirk is an energetic and accomplished sales and marketing executive who comes to Questex with more than 35 years of expertise in publishing, managing and selling brands,” said John McMahon, Questex Travel Group executive vice president. “As we continue to implement new strategies and brand development for our events and media, Kirk will be a tremendous asset in directing events that drive measureable results for our attendees and further our commitment to travel event buyers and suppliers.”
Lewis earned dual bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and English at The University of Massachusetts Amherst in Massachusetts.
Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events offer one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training and networking opportunities for meeting and event-planning professionals as well as incentive buyers. For the latest event information, visit www.GlobalTravelExchanges.com
International Meetings Review partners with the industry’s leading publishers from around the globe to provide in-depth reporting on local issues and makes that information accessible on a single website. Meeting planners of every level benefit from the site’s coverage of live events, destinations, breaking news, policy and planning resources, among other topics. Advertisers benefit from global exposure to more than 250,000 meeting professionals.
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group supports every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.
Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.