COVINGTON, Ky. — Julie Kirkpatrick has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of meetNKY | Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kirkpatrick, who joined meetNKY in 2014, has been holding both roles on an interim basis since June.
“This year has been tremendously challenging for the tourism and hospitality industries,” said meetNKY Board Chairman John Ellison, the general manager of the Hofbrauhaus in Newport. “The meetNKY Board is confident that Julie is the right person to lead the organization through this difficult time and into the future.”
Kirkpatrick previously served as the organization’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing. She has guided meetNKY’s brand position and revenue generation efforts, including the development and launch of Northern Kentucky’s bourbon tourism brand, The B-Line. Under her leadership, meetNKY boasted record-breaking years in hotel occupancy and overall economic impact in the destination. Prior to joining meetNKY, Kirkpatrick had a successful more than 20-year career with several hotel brands.