Discover Newport, the official destination marketing organization for Newport and Bristol Counties, has hired Pam Blauvelt as a Destination Expert focusing on the group tour and SMERF (social/sports, military, education, religious and fraternal) meetings market.

With more than 10 years’ experience in the hotel sector of the hospitality industry in New Hampshire and Connecticut, Blauvelt has served as a corporate and association sales manager as well as a director of sales serving both independent boutique properties and large franchises. Her most recent role was as Sales Manager at The Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina.

“Pam has already hit the ground running and we couldn’t be more pleased to have her join our results-driven team,” said Tim Walsh, Discover Newport’s Vice President of Sales.

The planning services of Discover Newport’s sales staff, known throughout the industry as the Destination Experts, are 100% complimentary. Destination Experts serve planners coast to coast, helping to create customized group tours, meetings and events by assessing each gathering’s goals and providing informed and targeted solutions.