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Rob Hampton was recently appointed general manager of Palm Springs Convention Center.
1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role?
To promote the Palm Springs Convention Center and this world-class destination in which I am now so fortunate to call home. This unique Convention Center is ideally located near the heart of downtown which attracts varied associations, social and corporate groups.
2. How do you think past experiences have prepared you for this role?
My entire DMO convention sales roles were to work hand in hand with the convention center. I have had the good fortune to have worked and learned from some great convention center teams, from the GM to the team members who are on the ground to ensure successful events.
3. How did you get into the industry?
Like many in our industry I started in the hotel and restaurant business 30 plus years ago. During one of my hotel sales roles I had the good fortune to work with a very talented CVB team and learned from them what the impact a convention center and tourism has on a community.
4. What are you hoping to achieve in your new role?
I look forward to working with the City of Palm Springs along with hospitality and community stakeholders to continue to market Palm Springs as a premier meetings, conventions and visitor destination on a regional, national and global scale.
5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?
The impact our industry has to enhance and enrich the lives of our neighbors, creating employment opportunities and being a premier economic impact generator for our community.