State travel director to retire from post


Alice DeSouza, the director of the state's Division of Travel and Tourism Development, has announced her plans to retire from the job she's held for the last six years."It was not an easy decision, but I hit the milestone of retirement age this year, and I have had some health challenges," said DeSouza. "It’s been a really rewarding six years and the division has really accomplished great things."DeSouza said she has been working with George Bald, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, which oversees the travel division, for several months preparing for her departure.She said she hoped her replacement "is passionate about New Hampshire, is a consensus-builder, has great business sense and is able to do a lot with a little. This job is not for someone who is looking to retire, but someone who really has the fire in his or her belly to do great things for the state.""We’re sad to see her go, but happy that she’s taking the time to pursue other things in life that you can’t when working full time," said Tai Freligh, communications manager for the division. DeSouza will continue to work with the agency on a project basis, including helping to transfer the day-to-day operations of the state’s Welcome Centers to DRED."In DRED, I have never seen a staff so committed and does so much working with so little," she said. "They are totally passionate about what they do." -- CINDY KIBBE/NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS REVIEW
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