Tourism association has new leader to promote the region

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Hospitality industry veteran Ken Loudon will be the new executive director of the Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association (GPRTA), the organization announced last week.

Loudon will begin in the position March 1.

“I’m excited to take on the leadership of a vital organization,” Loudon said.

“This position enables me to serve our community at a greater level and be part of a team that’s here for the betterment of our region, businesses and area residents.”

GPRTA in a non-profit marketing group intended to promote the Grande Prairie area and support local businesses.

Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, the city and county of Grande Prairie, the Municipal District of Greenview and Saddle Hills County are GPRTA members.

The municipalities pay a $2.25 per capita annual membership fee, said Johnathan Clarkson, GPRTA board president.

The previous executive director was Terry Dow, who stepped down in December, Clarkson said.

Previously, Loudon was the regional manager of the Grande Prairie/Wood Buffalo YMCA of Northern Alberta for five years. Loudon is a city resident, Clarkson said.

Loudon also worked in the hotel and casino industries and served as a director on the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce board, Clarkson said.

As well, Loudon is a past president and board member of GPRTA in the 2000s, according to the group.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News