- The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) is pleased to announce that Thomas Riel has been named the Vice President of Sales and Services. In this role, Riel will be responsible for leading the PWCVB sales team in an effort to promote and sell the destination to meetings, conventions, trade shows and leisure travel.

This marks a homecoming of sorts for Riel as he previously worked for the Bureau as National Sales Manager from 2003-2006. He also served as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Renaissance Providence hotel from 2006-2008, helping to steer the hotel's successful launch. Riel most recently worked as a Senior Account Executive in Marriott's Global Sales Organization.

Riel began his hospitality career in 1991 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and has held various hospitality sales and marketing leadership positions, including Director of National Accounts at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Senior Sales Manager at the Providence Marriott Downtown Hotel, and Director of National Accounts within Marriott's Colorado Market Sales organization.

Riel is a past recipient of the Marriott International Chairman's Circle Award (2011), the Marriott International President's Circle Award (2012), and the Marriott International President's Award for the top sales team in North America (2013).

"We are delighted to welcome Tom back as Vice President," said PWCVB President & CEO Martha Sheridan. "He has excellent experience in the destination and valued perspective of the industry at large. He will undoubtedly help the organization achieve even greater successes."

The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create vibrant growth for the local hospitality economy by promoting, developing, and expanding a united visitor industry. For more information, contact 401-456-0200 or visit www.pwcvb.com.