Esra Calvert serves as the Director of Research at Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), Virginia’s official tourism and film marketing and partnership agency. In her role, she is responsible for economics and consumer research and insights.
Prior to her work at VTC, she taught at Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds an M.S. degree in Organizational Development from Radford University and completed all her Ph.D. coursework in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Tech.
Esra also serves on the International Board of Travel and Tourism Research Association. She, a native of Turkey, loves to travel and aspires to make her own wine one day. She resides in historic Richmond with her husband and seven-year-old multipoo.