Meet the UTIA Staff


Kaitlin Eskelson, Executive Director

Kaitlin serves as the Executive Director of the Utah Tourism Industry Association and offers a deep knowledge base in all things tourism.  From funding to strategy to partner collaboration, Kaitlin has spent the last decade immersing herself in Utah’s visitor economy.

Most recently, Kaitlin was the Director of Partner Relations & International Strategy for the Utah Office of Tourism.  In her role, she designed, managed and facilitated various programs within the UOT, including the agency’s International Strategy, a comprehensive rural tourism program, management of State Welcome Centers and the disbursal of information to state-wide partners and DMOs.  Prior to working at the Utah Office of Tourism, Kaitlin worked as Visit Salt Lake’s Director of Tourism Sales & Marketing for 7 years.

 Kaitlin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.  When not working, she enjoys exploring Utah and ‘mountain living’ with her husband, son, twin girls and many pets.  Kaitlin wholeheartedly believes “Tourism Works!”.

Des Barker, Legislative Strategist


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