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To assist your coverage of Ithaca and surrounding Tompkins County, we have answers to the most frequent media questions: 


Staff Directory:

Peggy Coleman - VP Tourism & Community Relations, CVB Director
Tourism industry data and trends, strategic planning, product development, advocacy, and overall organizational management.
Manages media & PR leads.

Erin Rafalowski - Director of Marketing
Manages digital marketing and traditional print, events calendar, and image requests for Visit Ithaca.

Jordan Herson - Marketing & Communications Specialist
Provides support in outreach efforts and content development, and assists with content distribution across all social platforms and through email. Oversees the Visit Ithaca Waterfalls Challenge digital pass.

Rob Montana - Communications Manager
Manages communications and public relations, including pitching stories and hosting media, and creates content for print, online and social media for Visit Ithaca. Provides assistance for other Visit Ithaca projects and initiatives to promote tourism in Tompkins County.

Sarah Imes, CTIS - Tour & Travel Manager
Provides support for motorcoach tours, international visitation, weddings, and other social groups. Provides assistance with hotel room blocks and group rate information, itinerary planning, and event venue and supplier recommendations.

Lisa Conarton - Conference Sales Manager
Supports corporate, association, and sports market meeting planners through the distribution of RFPs, coordination of site inspections, and sourcing of overnight accommodations and group activities. Coordinates on-site conference services and support to provide attendees with informational materials and concierge services.

Jodi LaPierre - Director of Visitor Experience
Oversees all department staff, employment and volunteer opportunities, budgeting and reports, college and community partnership opportunities, A2D tourism training program, and fam tours.

Ryan Shehu - Site Supervisor-East Shore Drive/Retail Coordinator
Ryan manages the day to day operations of our East Shore Drive Visitor Center and coordinates the operations of our brand sales through our retail operations. 

Rachael Atkins-Walpole - Site Supervisor-Taughannock/Online Store Coordinator
Manages the day to day operations of our seasonal Overlook at Taughannock Visitor Center, the online store and events and activities for Winter Recess. 

Maia Consolo - Senior Visitor Experience Specialist
In addition to the visitor experience job duties, Maia serves as our lead trainer, is responsible for ordering and distributing brochures for our visitor centers, and maintaining our daily, weekly and annual event(s) lists.

Steen Kittredge - Senior Visitor Experience Specialist
In addition, to the visitor experience job duties, Steen maintains accounts and contacts within our Simplievew CRM and helps with the organization and inventory of our retail items.

Visitor Experience Specialists
Our Visitor Experience Specialists will assist you with your trip planning needs at our two visitor centers and off-site events, fulfill travel guide requests, answer visitor phone calls and chats, and process brand sales. 

Annual Report
2020 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report

2019 Tompkins County Visitor Profile

The Tompkins County Legislature's Strategic Tourism Planning Board commissioned a year-long study quantifying the economics, demographics and motivations of visitors to Ithaca and Tompkins County. That study was conducted in 2018-2019 and released in September 2019.

For a PDF of the 69-page final report (5 MB), click here.

2009 Visitor Profile Study:
For a PDF of the 136-page final report (3.6 MB), click here.


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