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David Radcliffe established The Radcliffe Company in 2001, as a multi-dimensional hospitality- related consulting firm after 26 years in convention bureau management. For 14 of those years, Mr. Radcliffe led the nonprofit Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau as its President and CEO, earning an international reputation for his innovative leadership and experience in every aspect of destination marketing and management.
Mr. Radcliffe is recognized throughout the industry as a tourism and convention expert who played a key role in developing the Greater Phoenix area as a major international convention and tourism destination. His peers chose him in 1997 to serve as chairman of the International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus (IACVB), the world’s leading convention and tourism trade association representing convention and visitors bureaus across the globe. He also was elected to preside over the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.
Mr. Radcliffe brings to The Radcliffe Company his expertise as an innovator and leader in developing new nontraditional marketing and management approaches to an evolving industry. He has extensive experience in the convention, trade show and meetings market and has actively marketed destination product to both the domestic and international leisure travel markets. He has served as an instructor and adjunct professor in tourism programs for regional community college and the state university systems.
In 2003, the Washington D.C. - based Convention Industry Council named Radcliffe to lead “Project Attrition” an industry-wide effort to identify, strategize and communicate potential solutions for the growing attrition problem for professional meeting planners and hoteliers. As a result of this effort, Radcliffe was named one of “The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” by Meeting News Magazine.