2022 Annual Convention Call for Speakers

Destinations International is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2022 Annual Convention. Every attendee at the Annual Convention has valuable knowledge that can help advance the travel and tourism industry. We invite you to be a thought leader and share your expertise in Toronto.

Submission deadline: February 1, 2022


Paul Ouimet presenting at 2019 Annual Convention in St. Louis
2021 Annual Convention speakers in Baltimore
Partner speaking to attendee at 2021 Annual Convention
Cody Chomiak presenting at CDME course in St. Louis

Here are a few guidelines for submitting your proposal.

Guidelines for a quality presentation

  • Contains practical information or a case study that will help industry practitioners gain revenue, gain efficiencies, and/or meet their business objectives.
  • Covers a new, specific topic relevant to travel and tourism.
  • Speaks to one of these target audiences:
    • Small, mid-sized and/or large destination organizations
    • Destination CEOs, community engagement professionals, sales and services professionals, marketing professionals or another industry job vertical
  • Does not promote products or contain any kind of sales pitch.  If industry vendors are submitting a proposal, the proposal MUST include a case study and a Destinations International CVB member speaker. Any speaking proposal focused on product promotion will be disqualified. Discussion about general product categories is acceptable if there is clear intent to educate and not sell.

Guidelines for a quality speaker

  • Knows their session’s intended audience and engages with attendees. More information is retained when interactivity is a part of a lesson.
  • Is collaborative in every sense of the word. This includes collaborating with panelists for an engaging conversation about all angles of a topic. This also includes collaborating with Destinations International to ensure all learning objectives and deadlines are met.
  • Has a passion to present.

A few additional notes

  • Participation in Annual Convention education is an unpaid, voluntary speaking opportunity. Complimentary registration is not provided.
  • We are interested in different session formats:
    • Round table discussions - interactivity and collaboration aids knowledge retention and provides attendees with additional networking opportunities.
    • Instructive presentation
    • Panel interview or fireside chat
  • Educational sessions are 45 minutes long.
  • Submitters will be contacted about six weeks after the submission deadline.

A few topic suggestions

  • How changing technology has disrupted the industry and driven innovation
  • How the public health crisis, political upheaval, and other trends drive changes in societal norms, and what that means for the industry
  • The future of the meetings and events industry
  • Economic development
  • Talent acquisition and retention
  • Marketing and brand management
  • Conserving the destination’s natural environment
  • Destination development
  • Managing flashpoint politics and informing public policy
  • Developing and implementing an advocacy plan
  • Leveraging community capital
  • Board development (EDI)
  • Transparency (accreditation)
  • Operations/Performance metrics, community KPIs
  • Funding innovation, new markets, new business verticals
  • Destination tools
  • Economic recovery and stimulus
  • Shifting organizational structures
  • Workforce development
  • Creating a welcoming environment 
  • The destination experience

Thank you for your interest in submitting a speaking proposal!