STAMFORD, Conn. -- Gordon W. Clapp, CTC, received the State Tourism
Director of the Year Award from the National Council of State
Tourism Directors at its annual meeting.
The North Carolina Division of Tourism also took top honors in
print advertising, niche publications, and won an honorable mention
in the electronic-marketing category.
North Carolina is one of the country's leading tourism
destinations, and its tourism sector has grown to more than $12
billion annually under Clapp's leadership.
Clapp has led the state's development and marketing of its
heritage tourism product and also implemented call center and
Internet technology solutions.
Clapp has been executive director of the North Carolina Division
of Tourism, Film and Sports Development since 1995, and plans to
retire later this fall.