Noelle Stevenson Named New Director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is pleased to announce that Noelle Stevenson has been named the new Director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism.

Noelle has more than two decades of executive leadership experience in destination marketing organizations, with experience in entertainment, cultural and lifestyle tourism. She has been responsible for marketing, advertising, brand strategy, public relations, partnerships, festivals and events, and hospitality programs with a proven track record of generating strong economic impact.

She most recently served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, an agency under the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, which includes 31 municipalities. In that role, Noelle expanded the focus of the division from film and entertainment to include music, nightlife, fashion and shopping, as well as art and cultural tourism.

Prior to that, Noelle was vice president of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau where she led a rebranding effort designed to broaden the destination’s mission and initiatives.

Under her leadership, the expanded division included programs in film, music, fashion and shopping, and Boutique & Lifestyle Hotels, a segment that accounted for over 75% of Miami-Dade’s hotel inventory.

Noelle is fluent in six languages. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business and organization from Emerson College in Boston and completed the P.D.P. Program in Marketing Management at Cornell University.

“Tourism is at its best when we can reach a group of diverse audiences and help instill a feeling of curiosity and innovation about a place. Connecticut has a treasure trove of experiences for both residents and out-of-state visitors and I look forward to collaborating with colleagues and partners around the state and maximizing our opportunity for growth.”   - Noelle Stevenson