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Explore Fairbanks CEO elected to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association

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Deb Hickok, president and CEO of Explore Fairbanks, was recently elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Travel Association.

Camille Ferguson, executive director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, was also elected. U.S. Travel is the national, non-profit organization representing the travel industry that generates $2.4 trillion in economic output and supports 15.6 million jobs. For more information on the organization, visit www.ustravel.org.

Hickok and Ferguson are the first Alaskans to serve on the U.S. Travel Association board.

Hickok has worked in destination marketing and management for nearly 37 years. She moved to Alaska in 1999 to become CEO of Explore Fairbanks and under her guidance the organization has received numerous awards including the Governor of Alaska’s Exporter of the Year Award and the Destiny Award from the U.S. Travel Destinations Council.

Hickok is a past board member of the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, and currently serves on two other boards of directors: the Alaska Travel Industry Association, which she chaired in 2011, and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations, Deb!