BOSTON — After more than a dozen years, during which he helped build Tourism Cares into one of the travel industry’s most respected nonprofit philanthropic organizations, Bruce Beckham has announced he is retiring as Tourism Cares’ executive director and chief executive officer, effective June 30.
Under Beckham’s leadership, Tourism Cares has brought more than 3,500 tourism industry volunteers to more than 20 sites across the United States for restoration projects and created the first-ever Global Outreach educational and preservation program in Cusco, Peru.
In addition, more than $500,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students studying travel and tourism and more than $2 million in grants have been given to tourism-related sites in 42 states and 31 countries.
“Bruce’s leadership has mobilized the travel industry to recognize the need for conservation and preservation of our treasured sites and the education of our future workforce,” said Dan Sullivan, president of Collette Vacations and chairman of Tourism Cares.
“In particular, the restoration projects that he and his dynamic team have organized, starting at Ellis Island in 2003 and continuing across the country over the last 10 years, have broadened the organization’s support throughout the entire industry. We have big shoes to fill.”
“While I am looking forward to having more time to combine a working retirement with spending more time with my family and friends, I am committed to working with Dan and the board through the transition,” said Beckham.