Mattson Honored for Post Flood Leadership in Tourism Industry

Visit Duluth CEO Garners Statewide Award

By KBJR News 1

Visit Duluth CEO Garners Statewide Award

October 11, 2012 Updated Oct 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM CDT

(Northland's NewsCenter) Duluth, MN- Terry Mattson, The president and CEO of Visit Duluth, has been honored by the editors of a statewide Hospitality Magazine for his leadership of the city’s official destination marketing organization.

Mattson received a 2012 Vision Award for Leadership from Minnesota’s Hospitality Journal September 27th in Minneapolis.

The Best in Minnesota’s Hospitality Industry Leadership Award, was bestowed on Mattson for calling others into action and making an impact.

In particular the award was given in recognition of his organizations efforts following the June Floods to spread the word that Duluth was still open for business.

Duluth tourism tax collections increased by five percent in July 2012 over July 2011—despite the storm and its publicity aftermath.

“Terry Mattson leads with a passion and desire to serve the best interests of our community,” said Anna Tanski, Visit Duluth director of sales and marketing.

“ Without his proactive leadership, the negative impact to Duluth’s tourism industry could have been devastating.”

The honor is one of seven Vision Awards given by the organization annually.