Mario J. Bass is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Visit Orlando, the Official Tourism Association for the most visited destination in the country and Theme Park Capital of the World. A hospitality industry veteran with more than 27 years’ experience, Bass most recently served as the Chief Sales Officer for Visit San Antonio. During his five-year tenure, he contributed to the overall success of the entire organization, leading the strategic business efforts of their Destination Sales & Experience departments by focusing on building long-term, value-based, customer relationships to exceed the city’s goals and positively position San Antonio.
As the Chief Operating Officer for Visit Orlando, Bass is responsible for the oversight of internal operations, lead and implement Visit Orlando’s strategic initiatives, strategic plans and annual business plans, while supporting the company’s mission, vision and values.
Prior to Visit San Antonio, Bass spent 21 years in roles at Marriott International serving as Director of Sales & Marketing for several hotel properties. He also held the titles of Director of Corporate Sales, Director of Sales and Area Director of Sales & Marketing. His professional career in hospitality has placed him at a selection of Marriott’s largest, flagship hotels such as the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter & Riverwalk Hotels and the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.