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Travel executive

Charles Gillett, American Travel executive.


Gillett, Charles was born on September 9, 1915 in Newport, Kentucky, United States. Son of Louis B. and Sarah (Maller) Gillett.


Bachelor of Arts, University Cincinnati, 1938.


Public relations director, Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, 1938-1939; account executive, Swafford & Koehl Advertising Agency, New York City, 1939-1940; advertising and sales promotion director, Hotel Gibson, Cincinnati, 1940-1941; promotion public relations director, New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, New York City, 1946-1962; vice president, New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1962-1965; executive vice president, New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1966-1974; president, New York Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1974-1989; consultant, 1989-1995. Member travel advising committee unites states department Commerce, 1963-1965, 77-89, national advising committee on hwy beautification, 1965-1966. Delegate White House Conference Natural Beauty, 1965.

Special adviser to Discover American Travel Orgns., 1967-1968, director, 1968-1995. Member of New York State Board Tourist Commissioners, 1977-1984. Chairman National Urban Tourism Council, 1977-1990.

Member of advisory board Travel and Tourism Government Affairs, Policy Council, 1982-1995. Chairman Travel and Tourism Awardness Council, 1988-1990.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: The Bridge, 1946. Writer, lecturer on travel business subjects.


Member public affairs committee United States Air Force Academy, 1968-1971. Served from private to major Army of the United States, 1941-1946. Member Travel Industry Association (director 1960-1962, president 1963-1965, chairman board 1965-1967, Merit award 1966, Golden Horseshoe award 1972), International Festivals Association (director 1975-1959, secretary 1959-1961, secretary-treasurer 1966-1967), American Society Travel Agents, Society of America Travel Writers, Public Relations Society of America, International Association Convention Bureaus (director 1968-1971, vice president 1971-1972, president 1973-1974), Travel Industry Association American (life director, National Travel Marketing award 1981).

Clubs: Overseas Press (New York City).


Married Virginia Margaret Littmann, June 11, 1949. Children: Valerie, David, Brian Paul, Peter Guy.

Louis B. Gillett

Sarah (Maller) Gillett

Virginia Margaret Littmann

Peter Guy Gillett

David Gillett

Brian Paul Gillett

Valerie Gillett