Alex Hurd has been appointed the newest Destination Expert at Discover Newport, the official destination marketing organization for Newport and Bristol Counties, Rhode Island. Hurd joined Discover Newport in January, 2011 as a Group Tour Manager. During that time he worked in tandem with the motorcoach travel industry spearheading successful campaigns, working with the City of Newport to designate motorcoach drop-off points, and developing unique itineraries for group visitors.

Hurd will now be responsible for assisting the corporate and association markets in a sales capacity as one of three Destination Experts. Hurd will manage the regions consisting of Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, and west of Route 95 in Massachusetts. His extensive knowledge of Newport will be beneficial to his success as a Destination Expert.

“Alex’s vast knowledge of Newport combined with his experience in the hospitality industry make him a natural fit for this position,” said Tim Walsh, Discover Newport VP of Sales. “We’re excited to welcome him as our newest Destination Expert.”

Hurd graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor of Science and Business Management degree. His new position at Discover Newport will be acting as a liaison between meeting planners and the destination while increasing market visibility through direct sales, client events, tradeshows, sales calls, familiarization tours and site inspections.


Discover Newport is the official destination management organization (DMO) dedicated to promoting the City of Newport and the eight surrounding coastal townships in Newport and Bristol counties, Rhode Island. These include Barrington, Bristol, Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Warren. As a non-profit organization, Discover Newport partners with stakeholders throughout our tourism and hospitality industry to market the region as a premiere destination for business and leisure travel.