2019/2020 Committee Application

Destinations International is an association driven by its volunteer leadership and the members of its volunteer committees play an important role. Whether shaping new tools and research, operating accreditation programs or recommending industry best practices, these members collaborate with their peers and association staff to enhance member benefits and developing resources vital for the success of destination organizations.

Committee appointments are made by the respective Board and Committee Chairs and are for one-year terms. Volunteer committee members are expected to participate in regularly scheduled committee calls, roughly once a month, with additional meetings/work at the discretion of the committee chair. Several committees also meet in person during the association’s Annual Convention. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please complete and submit the attached application by September 30, 2019.

Audit Committee
Destinations International and Destinations International Foundation

It shall be the duty and responsibility of this Committee to oversee the annual audit process and monitor the process in which the financial practices are carried out by the Association and Foundation. The annual audit shall be subject to acceptance by the Boards.

The Audit Committee shall consist of five (5) members appointed annually by the Chair of the Board who serve as a senior finance executive or internal auditor. 

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee shall have the responsibility for ongoing board development, leadership development, board and board member assessment, board education, and for ensuring that the board is equipped with proper guidelines and structure to do its work. In addition, the committee shall review the bylaws, board policies and documents regularly and recommend timely amendments or replacements when necessary.

Nomination Committee
Destinations International & Destinations International Foundation

The Nomination Committee will analyze the board composition and determine what qualities, characteristics, and perspectives are present and identify where gaps exist and assist in the creation of an annual slate of candidates to fill board of director positions with special attention to filling gaps.

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee shall create, provide and advance professional development programs that are accessible, offer value and are relevant to the needs of our industry. The committee shall seek to improve the knowledge and skills of members through the recommendation, design and evaluation of all professional development programming. Provide continuous analysis, support and oversight to ensure quality, relevance and accessibility.

Advocacy Committee 

The Advocacy Committee shall recommend partnerships, best practices and resources to communicate the value and impact of destination organizations to their leadership, stakeholders and community. On behalf of the Association, and working with the Association leadership, the committee shall provide robust support for policies which positively affect the industry and speak out on issues of concern. Acknowledging that policies affect destinations both directly and indirectly, the committee shall remain vigilant in identifying appropriate areas where well-organized, passionate advocacy can lead to an optimal result.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee provides input on strategies to increase membership engagement, interaction, and involvement; identifies means to measure membership satisfaction and priorities and assists in the development of strategies to grow the membership

Convention Sales & Services Committee

The Convention Sales & Services Committee shall actively review, evaluate, and develop strategies, best practices, and resources for key destination organization initiatives that shall best position Association members as the relevant tourism, meeting, and convention distribution channel.

Global Leadership Committee 

The Global Leadership Committee shall advise the Association on strategies for development and growth of its leadership role worldwide while actively serving as ambassadors for the Association in areas where membership is less robust and in need of development. The committee shall provide guidance on programming, events, and activities which would allow the Association to fully engage with destinations around the globe.

Awards Committee 

The Awards Committee makes recommendations for recipients of the Hall of Fame Award and the Destination Organization Leadership Award.

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Task Force

The Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Task Force works to create and implement initiatives for our members and industry to fully embrace diversity, inclusion and equity through benchmarking studies and research and tools.

Bylaws Task Force
Destinations International Foundation

The Bylaws Task Force would be responsible for reviewing the bylaws and governance documents and recommend amendments or replacements for approval at the annual meeting in 2020.

Canadian Membership Task Force

Committee focused on growth of membership and engagement growth in Canada through partnerships with DMAC and Destinations Canada. Committee will provide insight on Canadian Tourism Organizations that will enable Destinations International to add value for its Canadian members. One does not need to be a Canadian destination to join this task force.

Other Task Forces

Destinations International will be creating additional task forces throughout the year to tackle the most pressing issues in our industry as they arise. If you are interested in volunteering, but do not see a fit amongst the listed committees, please let us know. Please include any specific areas of interest that you may have with your application.

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