John Lambeth, Civitas’ Founder & President, specializes in developing unique funding strategies for tourism and travel promotion. As a special districts lawyer, John has been working with groups of hotels and DMOs for 20 years and has revolutionized the funding paradigm for destination marketing throughout the US. He is the expert in tourism district creation: adopting enabling legislation, building support among tourism businesses and elected, and guiding the formation process. He has written TID legislation for eight states, including two international tourism legislative efforts in El Salvador and Brazil. John was the 2014 recipient of the CalTravel Promotion and Advancement of Tourism Award. As the leader of Civitas, he has helped raise over $1.7 billion for his tourism clients!
Mr. Lambeth is a frequent speaker on tourism districts who has presented at conferences hosted by Visit New England, the National Gathering of Brazil Cities int he City of Maringa, Brazil, ISHAE, Destinations International, CalTravel, US Travel, the Association of Town & City Management in Ballymena, Ireland, and at the 10th Annual BID gathering in Edinburgh, Scotland. He and his firm have been recognized as a national leader in the development and implementation of revolutionary financing mechanisms for marketing. He was recently featured in a Forbes article for his efforts to transform marketing funding models.