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George Zimmermann

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Chairman

Longwoods International USA Inc.
Local Address: Michigan, United States
Longwoods International
47 Colborne Street Suite 301
Toronto , Ontario M5E 1P8
Canada

Company Description: For more than 25 years, Longwoods has provided superior marketing intelligence to guide the strategic direction of our clients' marketing programs. We specialize in...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Vice President
    Travel Michigan
  • Senior Vice President
    Travel Michigan
  • Vice President
    Travel Michigan Partnership

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Travel Michigan
171 Total References
Web References
George Zimmermann joined ...
www.longwoods-intl.com, 19 Feb 2015 [cached]
George Zimmermann joined Longwoods International USA Inc. as Chairman in October 2014. He brings more than two decades of experience in tourism destination marketing and research to the Longwoods team and its clients.
He was the Vice President responsible for Travel Michigan at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation from October 2001 until April 2014. Under his leadership, Travel Michigan and its advertising agency, McCann Detroit, created and launched the award-winning Pure Michigan branding campaign in 2006, a campaign that Forbes ranked among the top ten tourism promotion campaigns worldwide. Initially a regional campaign, Pure Michigan became Michigan's first significant national advertising campaign starting in 2009.
In 2014, George led the effort to create the National Council of State Tourism Directors Alumni Group and was elected the group's first chair. He has consulted with the state tourism offices in Georgia, Louisiana, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia, presenting at their conferences and legislatures. George routinely guest lectures on tourism marketing at Michigan State University.
In 2012, George was named "One of the Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Sales and Marketing" by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). In 2011, the National Council of State Tourism Directors named him State Tourism Director of the Year. Prior to joining Travel Michigan, George served as Ohio's Tourism Director, and he was named State Tourism Director of the Year in 1997. He is the only person to have received this honor twice.
George served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association and the Board and Executive Committee of the National Council of State Tourism Directors. He was elected twice as Chair of the Council.
Before his work in tourism, George spent more than a decade in all phases of broadcasting, including serving as the Statehouse Bureau Chief for the Ohio Public Radio/Public Television Statehouse Bureau. He was the editor of the situation comedies "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times" in Los Angeles and was the technical director for the two pilots of "Austin City Limits" in Texas.
He is the author of three travel-related books and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
TICOM
www.tourismworksformichigan.org, 23 Oct 2014 [cached]
The Council, now led by George Zimmermann, Vice President, Travel Michigan, consists of top level representatives from the Michigan Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Transportation, Energy Labor & Economic Growth, MEDC/Travel Michigan and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
Travel Michigan’s Director, George Zimmermann, News | Michigan's Upper Penisula Press Releases, Events, and More
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Travel Michigan’s Director, George Zimmermann, News Travel Michigan's Director, George Zimmermann, News | Michigan's Upper Penisula Press Releases, Events, and More
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Travel Michigan's Director, George Zimmermann, News
Is Summer Half Over, Or Just Half Begun? Travel Michigan Marks Summer's Calendar Midpoint
www.prnewswire.com, 4 Aug 2004 [cached]
"While it may feel like fall is lurking around the corner, there is still time to take a Michigan vacation this summer," said George Zimmermann, senior vice president of Travel Michigan.
"The continued growth of the partnership ...
www.michiganbusiness.org, 6 May 2013 [cached]
"The continued growth of the partnership program is allowing us to expand our presence in key markets and grow into new markets within the Great Lakes region and beyond," said George Zimmermann, Vice President of Travel Michigan, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
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"Pure Michigan has demonstrated its effectiveness, attracting 3.8 million out-of-state visitors last year who spent $1.1 billion at Michigan businesses," Zimmermann said.
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