January 7, 2019

CT Convention & Sports Bureau taps Murdock as president

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Robert Murdock has been tapped as president of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau.

Connecticut's official meetings, sports event sales and marketing organization has promoted its director of sports marketing as president.

The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) on Friday announced Robert Murdock began work last week as the Middletown-based organization's lead executive. Murdock, who was slated to become interim president Jan. 1, replaces H. Scott Phelps, who served the post since 2014 and retired at year-end 2018.

As president, CTCSB says Murdock will continue managing the bureau's sports marketing while also serving as director of national accounts for S.M.E.R.F. (Social, Military, Education, Religious, Fraternal) and Affinity Groups.

Murdock, a Clinton resident, also began 2019 in his newly elected position as president of the board of the New England Society of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (NESCVB), which includes a consortium of convention bureaus that market the six-state region.

Before joining CTCSB in Sept. 2014, Murdock spent seven years as director of sales at Destination Worcester, promoting and selling the Massachusetts city, and region, as a prime meetings and events location.

Murdock previously served as director of administration for the Massachusetts Sports Partnership, and also was event and sales manager/director of business operations for several Boston-area organizations.

CTCSB partners with numerous Connecticut businesses, institutions and nonprofit organizations to market the state's convention and meeting venues, sports venues, hotel and other attractions.

The organization is a public-private partnership funded by members and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

In fiscal year 2017-18, events books by CTCSB, it said, resulted in over $54.1 million in spending by convention, meeting and sports events attendees, generating more than $3.6 million in state taxes. The bookings also supported the hospitality industry with over 17,000 jobs, CTCSB said.

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