The Cayuga County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors on Tuesday voted to confirm Karen Kuhl as the Bureau’s new Executive Director. Ms. Kuhl will succeed Meg Vanek, who is retiring after more than twenty years at the helm of the county tourism agency.
In a statement, the board says Kuhl has more than 15 years of experience as a tourism professional with experience in regional, national, and international tourism promotion initiatives across both private and public sectors.
Her previous work experience includes ownership of Tastefully Nicaragua, a gastronomy-based tour operator in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and as Director of Tourism & Hospitality Operations for Selva Negra Ecolodge.
She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida State University, a master’s degree in tourism destination management from New York University and a food service management certificate from Cornell University. Ms. Kuhl is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational German.
Kuhl says, “I am excited to start this new journey alongside talented and passionate tourism professionals and look forward to helping promote all the amazing places that Cayuga County has to offer.”
She is due to begin in her new position on Monday, December 10.