100 Years of Advancing Destinations

Bonnie Carlson


Bonnie Carlson, President and CEOBonnie Carlson
Bloomington, Minnesota Convention and Visitors Bureau

For the past 29 years, Bonnie has held the position of President and CEO of the Bloomington, Minnesota Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Her career covers 36 years in the travel industry.
 
Bonnie is very active nationally in the travel industry.  She is a past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) formerly International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (IACVB) and has also served on the DMAI Foundation Board and the Meeting Professionals International Foundation Board.
 
Bonnie serves on the board of directors for the U. S. Travel Association formerly Travel Industry Association of America and is a past Chair of their Foundation Board of Directors.  Bonnie also serves on the Explore Minnesota Tourism Council. She also served on the United States National Tourism Organization Board, which was created from the White House Conference on Tourism.
 
Bonnie maintains memberships and is active in several professional associations including American Society of Association Executives, U. S. Travel Association, Meeting Professionals International, Professional Convention Management Association and Destination Marketing Association International.
 
Bonnie has been the recipient of many industry awards including the Woman of the Year Award and Sales and Marketing Executives Career Achievement Award. She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Upper Midwest Convention and Visitors Bureaus.  In 2006 she was presented the Spirit of Hospitality Award at the Diamond Services Awards and was recognized by Explore Minnesota Tourism with their prestigious Outstanding Individual in Tourism Award in 2008.
 
Personally, Bonnie enjoys golf, walking, reading and cooking.