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Explore St. Louis welcomes director of partnership

Explore St. Louis has announced the hiring of Barry Draper as the director of partnership.

In his new role, Draper will direct and coordinate activities of the partnership department, which encompasses partnership sales, events, and development activities.

Before joining Explore St. Louis, he served as partnership manager for the DuPage County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Draper studied music and public relations at Bradley University in Peoria. He began his career in hotel sales and events working for multiple major hotel brands in Peoria and Chicagoland markets. In 2018, Draper was honored by Destinations International as a member of their ‘30 Under 30’ class of tourism professionals. Draper was also a long-time board member and president of the Public Relations Association of Central Illinois.

About Explore St. Louis

Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5.8 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis City and County and operator of the America’s Center Convention Complex.

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