Gateway Arch (By: KAREN BLEIER, AFP)
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The chairman of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission has stepped down.
In a statement released Thursday by Brian Hall, chief marketing officer, it was announced Chairman Robert O'Loughlin is stepping down after five years as chairman and more than 20 years as a commissioner.
O'Loughlin owns 18 St. Louis hotels, including the Hilton at the Ballpark, Union Station DoubeTree by Hilton, the Sheratons at Westport, and the Hilton St. Louis Airport. Hall says the CVC looks forward to continuing a relationship with O'Loughlin.
Gov. Jay Nixon says he has accepted O'Loughlin's resignation, and says, "Bob O'Loughlin has dedicated much of his life successfully marketing St. Louis and St. Louis County as a destination for conventions and leisure travel, and I greatly appreciate everything he has done through his public service to this area and the state of Missouri."
A reason for O'Loughlin's resignation has not been given.