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2024 Annual Convention

July 16-18, 2024 | Tampa, FL, USA
JW Marriott & Tampa Marriott Water Street

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Picture yourself in the vibrant streets of Tampa, FL, where the pulse of the tourism industry beats strong and the horizon is filled with endless possibilities. Welcome to Destinations International's Annual Convention, the pinnacle event for destination organization professionals. This year's gathering promises to ignite your passion and fuel your growth as we delve into the latest trends and innovations shaping our industry. Connect with industry peers, engage in dynamic discussions, forge lasting relationships, and explore the latest tools and trends in our Flashes of Brilliance. Don't just imagine it, make it a reality - this could be you. Join us in Tampa and be the catalyst for your professional journey!

Keynote Speaker

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Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Public and Nonprofit Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches courses on leadership and happiness. He has authored 13 books, including his most recent #1 New York Times Bestseller Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier, co-authored with Oprah WInfrey. He is also a columnist at The Atlantic, where he writes the popular “How to Build a Life” column. He speaks to audiences all around the world about human happiness and works to raise well-being within private companies, universities, public agencies, and community organizations.

Schedule at a Glance

Saturday, July 13

CDME Core Courses

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, July 14

CDME Core Courses

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Monday, July 15

CDME Elective Courses

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Joint Boards Meeting

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Leadership Reception

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Former Chairs Dinner

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Tuesday, July 16

Partner Advisory Council Meeting

8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Committee Meetings

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

CDME Elective Courses

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Visitor Services Summit

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Expedia Group Media Solutions Insights Summit

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Civitas Catalyst Summit

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

CSR Immersion Activity

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Recognition Awards Celebration

4:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Welcome Reception

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, July 17

Morning Yoga

6:30 AM - 7:30 AM

Networking Breakfast & Activations

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Flashes of Brilliance Microsessions

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Opening Keynote

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Breakout Sessions & CEO Lounge

10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch & Activations

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Breakout Sessions & CEO Lounge

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

General Session

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Thursday, July 18

Networking Breakfast & Activations

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Flashes of Brilliance

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions & CEO Lounge

9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Networking Lunch & Activations

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Breakout Sessions & CEO Lounge

1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

General Session

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM

Closing Party

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Early Bird Registration

Early bird registration for CVB members is available through April 4, 2024.

CVB Member Early Bird Rate


Business Member Rate


Non-Member Rate


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Registration Bundle Rate for CVB Members

We are offering bundle pricing for CVB members. Qualifications and criteria for bundle pricing are below. Code needed to receive the discount: 24ACBUNDLE

  • Destination MUST currently hold an active membership.
  • Destination MUST register through their organization account.
  • Destination MUST register all attending staff at one time.
  • Destination MUST register a minimum of five (5) staff.
  • This rate is ONLY applicable during early bird (through April 4, 2024).
  • Refunds are not applicable; substitutions will be considered.

If the above requirements are not met throughout the registration process, the destination will be billed for any applicable adjustments.

The Non-Member Rate is available for CVBs and Supplier organizations who are not members of Destination International through annual membership. 

Attendees by Job Level

Annual Convention is an opportunity for all members of the industry to gather and network, regardless of where you are in your career path. Take a look at the breakdown of attendees by job level.

  • 21.4%
    VP Level
  • 39.2%
    Executive Level
  • 24.5%
    Director Level
  • 14.9%
    Entry Level

Attendees by Budget Size

Attendees come from destinations of all shapes and sizes. Annual Convention offers unparalleled opportunity to network with peers facing the same challenges that you are.

  • 28.1%
    Greater than $10 Million
  • 19.2%
    $5 million - $10 million
  • 24.7%
    $2 million - $5 million
  • 28%
    Less than $2 million

Event Location

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street: starting at US$239/night + taxes & fees

Tampa Marriott Water Street: starting at US$199/night + taxes & fees

Cutoff Date: Thursday, June 20, 2024 or when rooms sell out. Hotel booking links will be provided in your event registration confirmation email.

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Additional Hotels

We are pleased to offer a group block rate at several nearby properties.