The chief executive of Tourism Calgary has been let go and replaced with Alberta’s former tourism minister.

Randy Williams was let go a week after the organization's annual report showed a record number of visitors to the city last year.

"He brought the organization to a very good place and we needed to deal with some level of change. We're in a stable place. He's done a lot of great things and we're in the market with a lot of those things at this time," said Rod McKay, chair of Tourism Calgary's board.

Cindy Ady will take over as the temporary chief executive. She is a former provincial minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

McKay says the focus now is on delivering a successful 2013 tourist season.