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Karen Kuhl

The Cayuga County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors confirmed Karen Kuhl, pictured, as the new executive director of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism Tuesday.

The Cayuga County Convention and Visitors Bureau has a new executive director, after the board Tuesday confirmed a replacement for Meg Vanek, who is retiring after 21 years with the agency.

The bureau's board of directors confirmed Karen Kuhl as the new executive director based on her experience with regional, national and international tourism, according to a release.

Kuhl previously worked as the director of tourism and hospitality operations for Selva Negra Ecolodge in Nicaragua and owned Tastefully Nicaragua, a gastronomy-based tour business.

Along with a food service management certificate from Cornell University, Kuhl has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Florida State University and a master's degree in tourism destination management from New York University.

"I am excited to start this new journey alongside talented and passionate tourism professionals and look forward to helping promote all the amazing places that Cayuga County has to offer," Kuhl said in a release.

Kuhl will start in her new position at the Cayuga County Office of Tourism on Dec. 10.

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