This month, the new vice president of operations for the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau will step up to her role.

Sue Kunisky, who has worked for the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts for 28 years and most recently worked as the revenue marketing manager for Hersheypark and Hersheypark Camping Resort, was hired in May.

“Our bureau operates as the primary destination marketing organization, the leading sales force for the region, and the travel and tourism association for local businesses and industry stakeholders,” says Smith. “To manage the operations of such a diverse organization requires someone with Sue’s wide range of experience and comfort level with advertising, technology, public relations, social media, sales, partnership development, client services, community affairs, the travel and tourism industry, non-profit organizations, team leadership and organizational management.”  

In her new position, Kunisky will be in charge of heading the strategic planning and execution of the bureau’s marketing, sales, services and communication programs. She also will work with the president to manage the bureau’s daily operations and oversee the sales, marketing and communications team.

Kunisky also has served as the territory sales manager and group sales and marketing manager for Hersheypark; assistant director of sales and special events for Hershey Entertainment Group; and digital marketing manager and assistant director of digital marketing for HE&R.

“Since starting her career as a Reservations Agent in 1987, Kunisky has earned a broad range of sales and marketing experience at HE&R that will serve her well in this role,” says Mary Smith, president, HHRVB. “Sue’s knowledge, experience and skill set just presented the perfect package for this role. She brings an extensive knowledge of the region and the tourism industry with a core set of leadership skills that are necessary to lead our multidisciplined team.”

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”