Arnold retires from Island CVB

first_img RelatedIsland names new CVB directorBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS As of Monday, the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) officially has a new director. With over three decades in the destination marketing industry, the City of South Padre Island has named Keith Arnold to the position. After the resignation of…July 10, 2015In “News”Hurricane Harvey impacts still being feltBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Advisory (CVA) Board considered an event funding request, heard post event reports, and discussed economic data related to Island tourism during a meeting held Wednesday, Oct. 25. Mike Flores and Marissa Amaya of the Convention and Visitors…November 3, 2017In “News”CVA renews Atkins Group marketing contractBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Advisory (CVA) Board considered funding for marketing and research, as well as heard post-event reports during their Wednesday, Sept. 27 meeting. A decision on whether to renew the annual marketing contract with The Atkins Group worth just…October 6, 2017In “News” By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Keith Arnold has announced his retirement, effective Wednesday, Oct. 31.“I’m retiring on Halloween day,” Arnold said during an interview at a public event this week. He added that he came to the decision approximately three months ago.“The way I feel about things now, we have righted a nearly capsizing ship and set it off in a real good direction and I think it’s time for someone else to take it over and move it to the next step,” Arnold said.Arnold has helmed the CVB, which is responsible for spearheading the Island’s tourism initiatives, for just over three years. The City announced his hiring in July 2015 after a three-month search, which saw 84 applicants vie for the position, City officials said at the time.Prior to Arnold’s hiring, the CVB was helmed by Rachel Flores, who resigned after only 10 months on the job.Arnold came to the Island with over three decades of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. January 2019 will mark his 40th anniversary in the industry, he said. He served the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau in two separate stints from the 1990s to 2014, Arnold said. And just before his hiring here, he served as the CEO of the Bee County Chamber of Commerce in Beeville.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more