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1 December 2024

Destinations International 2024 Canada CDME Courses, Vancouver

The CDME program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies. An approved CDME Application is required prior to registering for courses. Please…

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Building Bridges, Not Walls

From Destinations International, by Gretchen Hall: When we at Destinations International (DI) announced Tampa, FL as the location for our 2024 annual convention, it sparked a meaningful dialogue among our members. Given recent Florida legislation affecting key community groups, our choice raised important questions about our values and our strategies in the face of social…

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18 April 2024

Best Practices for Incorporating AI into your Workplace, Online

In a world where vendors tout AI capabilities and governments impose regulations on responsible usage, many organizations are left confused and struggle with the internal capacity to effectively introduce AI into their operations. During this virtual roundtable, an engaging panel discussion will provide expert insights on proactively managing policy creation, delivering successful AI program rollouts,…

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19 October 2024

Destinations International 2024 Fall CDME Courses, Puerto Rico

The CDME program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies. The Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) program prepares senior executives to lead…

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13 July 2024

Destinations International 2024 Summer CDME Courses, FL, USA

The CDME program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies. The Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) program prepares senior executives to lead…

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28 October 2024

Destinations International Social Inclusion Summit, WA, USA

The DI Social Inclusion Summit is the first of its kind, dedicated to providing destination organizations and travel industry professionals with ideas and solutions on how to increase economic value by creating spaces that authentically welcome people from all backgrounds and abilities. This interactive summit brings the innovative minds of our industry together to share…

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28 October 2024

Destinations International Business Operations Summit, WA, USA

The Business Operations Summit is a cross-functional gathering of destination organization professionals in finance, human resources, operations and technology. This year’s summit will provide insight on post-pandemic recovery from an organizational perspective, focusing on new ways to think about how destination organizations are organized, staffed and operated.

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22 October 2024

Destinations International Advocacy Summit, Puerto Rico

Destination organizations have been redesigning themselves to be both visitor and resident facing organizations with community wide social goals alongside of their traditional sales and marketing goals. This means that they are now an essential community asset, responsible for programs that promote their community as an attractive travel destination and enhance its public image as…

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16 July 2024

Destinations International Visitor Services Summit, Florida, USA

The Visitor Services Summit is a gathering of visitor experience and community engagement professionals. Join us as we focus on re-envisioning the purpose and value of the visitor center and how we engage with our communities, visitors, and residents. Learn from your peers as we share best practices, opportunities, and new innovations.

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2 April 2024

Destinations International 2024 CEO Summit, Boston, MA, USA

This year’s summit promises to be the most exciting yet, bringing together both seasoned and new destination CEOs to discuss important industry issues that will shape and affect both the overall industry and your destination communities. Hear from thought leaders, innovators and trailblazers, both from within and outside the industry, who will provide information and…

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Study Aims to Help Destinations Create a More Welcoming Environment

Destinations International and City Destinations Alliance are collaborating on a global accessibility study to provide valuable insights into where destinations are on their journey to becoming accessible to people with disabilities; significant progress is already underway in North America, Europe and beyond. Please support the study by completing the survey…

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What the Oscars Can Teach Us About How Words & Actions Matter

From Destinations International, by Jack Johnson: Every year, the Academy Awards airs in late winter (this year, it is March 10). For non-movie lovers, this is the annual event held by the United States-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to present its Academy Awards of Merit, better known as the Oscars. The awards…

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Destination Promotion: A Catalyst for Community Vitality

From Destinations International: DI’s landmark study, Destination Promotion: An Engine of Economic Development, confirmed that destinations with substantial visitor economies tend to outperform their peers, making destination promotion a true engine of economic development. Ten years later, we update and expand this research to demonstrate the far-reaching positive impacts of destination promotion, extending beyond the…

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Destinations International | Intellectual Capital Certificate Program

The Intellectual Capital (IC) certificate program caters to destination sales and services professionals at all career stages. This program provides participants with vital knowledge and practical skills to effectively utilize the community’s infrastructure and economic resources, human and social connections, as well as cultural and creative assets. These capabilities directly contribute to the success of…

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15 November 2023

Solidify Your Destination Organization as a Data-Driven Leader

Destination Organizations are critical community leaders, generating economic activity and elevating regions as desirable places to visit, live, work and play. As an industry, we know this. But how engrained is the power of travel in the minds of local stakeholders, governments and partners? And what metrics best highlight the undeniable impact of travel in…

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14 November 2023

Webinar | From Insights to Action: A Portrait of American Travelers

Join Chris Davidson, Managing Director of MMGY Travel Intelligence, as he unveils the latest trends from the acclaimed Portrait of American Travelers® study. Dive deep into the evolving preferences of American leisure travelers and uncover insights poised to transform your marketing approach. After his presentation, Trey Williams, VP of Strategy at MMGY, will join Chris…

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8 November 2023

Webinar | The Untapped Power of Experiential Marketing

Experiential marketing doesn’t need to be a flashy, million-dollar activation to pack a major punch. It’s about creating authentic, unforgettable moments that connect your brand with consumers on a personal level, regardless of your budget. Join us as the experts at Fuseideas uncover the world of unique possibilities that experiential marketing (XM) offers, introducing your…

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Destinations International | 30 Under 30 Program

Destinations International is committed to investing and preparing the leaders of tomorrow, developing future industry leaders that represent a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives. Investing in the future generation of destination experts, 30 individuals under the age of 30 are selected annually to gain valuable industry networking opportunities and increased thought leadership throughout the…

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Destinations International Advocacy Resourses

Our advocacy team has put together resources to help destinations pivot their stakeholder messaging to one centered around the organization’s true customer: the resident. Take a look at videos, case studies, lexicons and more information that will help you communicate the value of your organization to your entire community.

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Essential, Absolutely Necessary, and Very Important, Part 2

From Destinations International, by Jack Johnson: Back in January, I wrote a blog post titled “Essential, Absolutely Necessary, and Very Important, Part 1.” This is the promised sequel. In the first blog I referenced an article in Wired Magazine titled “Humans Walk Weird. Scientists May Finally Know Why.” which pointed out that humans have an…

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