October 17, 2018

CT Convention & Sports Bureau president Phelps to retire

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H. Scott Phelps, president of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, is retiring at year-end.

H. Scott Phelps, president of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), on Tuesday announced he will retire at year-end after leading the organization that helps market dozens of statewide venues since 2014.

CTCSB, which promotes Connecticut's convention, meeting, hotels and sports venues through event sales and marketing, said it will launch a national search for Phelps' replacement. Robert Murdock, CTCSB's current director of sports marketing, will serve as interim president effective Jan. 1.

Murdock, also the director of national accounts for S.M.E.R.F. (social, military, education, religious, fraternal) and Affinity Groups, has been named president of the 2019 New England Society of Convention & Visitor Bureaus.

Phelps came out of retirement to lead CTCSB in 2014 when he succeeded retiring president Michael Van Parys.

He had spent more than 30 years at the former Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau, beginning in 1977 as director of membership and community affairs and then president in 1992. Phelps retired from the now defunct organization in 2010.

"I am going to miss the many friendships and professional relationships that I have cultivated over my career but am confident that the experienced staff at the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau will continue to move the state forward as a tremendous destination for meetings, conventions and major sports events," Phelps said in a statement.

Phelps is leaving the organization that he says creates "enormous" economic value for the region.

CTCSB estimates that events booked through it in fiscal year 2017-18 generated over $54 million in spending by attendees during their visits to Connecticut. The events over that period created more than $3.6 million in tax revenue for the state and supported 17,000-plus hospitality industry jobs.

For every state dollar spent on the organization, Phelps said over $8 is returned to the state in taxes.

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