LEXINGTON - VisitLEX announced today that Douglas Barger is the new destination sales manager.

Barger previously worked for the Convention & Visitors Bureau in Jacksonville, Fla., and has experience working for top hotel brands, including Marriott, Omni and Hershey Resorts.

In addition, he has years of experience in medical meeting planning, which will assist him with the medical meeting segment focus. Doug looks forward to working with leaders in Lexington via corporate, medical, religious and fraternal organizations to attract meetings and events to our city.

Recommend Lex has been a very successful program in collaboration with local leaders to influence, encourage and inspire their national and international organizations to consider Lexington for future programs.

"Doug's experience is a great fit for Lexington and will provide a strong foundation for success," said Marci Krueger-Sidebottom, vice president of sales and services for VisitLEX. "He understands the meeting industry from many angles, which will be instrumental in building on our achievements in recruiting top conventions and events to our community."

Barger started on July 5.

About VisitLEX
VisitLEX is a destination sales, marketing, and service organization charged with promoting Lexington's Bluegrass Region for the purpose of attracting visitors and growing the economy. For more information:www.visitlex.com