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K. Carl Little, former chief executive officer of the Chattanooga, Tenn., Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been appointed vice president of development for the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.

One of his first priorities will be to develop corporate, volunteer and staff support for the increasing number of sports and athletic events scheduled in the area, said Rick Davis, bureau president.The recent International Softball Congress tournament, the Western Athletic Conference men's and women's basketball championships and the Amateur Athletic Union boy's and girl's basketball tournaments are good examples of Salt Lake's success as a sports venue, Davis said.

Couple that with the coming National Basketball Association all-star game, the International Police Olympics, Women's International Bowling Congress, the American Bowling Congress and the Winter Olympics bid and you can see Salt Lake's involvement, he said.

Little also will train bureau employees from his experience in the industry and will research the economic impact tourism has on the area.

He also spent 16 years at the Arlington, Texas, Convention and Visitors Bureau before the Tennessee job. Before that, he was executive director of the West Virginia Travel Council.