Rick Antonson: CEO, Tourism Vancouver

Guru BanavarRick Antonson has served as board chair of the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) based in Washington, D.C., and vice chair of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) based in Bangkok, Thailand and as an Ambassador for the 2010 Olympic Winter & Paralympic Games held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. He is president of Pacific Coast Public Television.

Such volunteer roles are anchored around Rick’s responsibilities as President, CEO of Tourism Vancouver, a 1,000 member organization whose vision is to be a global leader in destination marketing, sales, management, and visitor experiences.

Rick is author of the acclaimed book To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa, and the newly released Route 66 Still Kicks; Driving America’s Main Street.

He travels extensively around the world for business, speaking engagements and on personal journeys, including an expedition to the summit of Mt. Ararat. He is a firm believer that tourism is a vital force for peace.