Destinations International

About The Foundation

The Destinations International Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering destination marketers globally by providing education, research, advocacy and leadership development.

The Destinations International Foundation is expanding its investment in you, to ensure that you are supported with knowledge and powerful tools, so you can continue driving growth, creating jobs, and building futures. Together, we can set the stage for connections that will impact quality of life in destinations on a global scale.

With every dollar raised, the Foundation tackles the issues we all face on a daily basis, and helps ensure the continued growth of destinations worldwide. Join us as we come together to invest in our industry and demonstrate the value of our collective efforts.

The Destinations International Foundation is classified as a charitable organization, under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and all donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Strategic Initiatives


We invest in building industry knowledge by funding educational programming for destination professionals throughout the year at Destinations International’s Annual Convention and seven discipline-based Summits. We also provide scholarship opportunities for professionals to participate in industry conferences and certification programs.


We are creating new knowledge through research. The Foundation is one of the largest funders of studies to develop a better understanding of industry standards, trends and opportunities, as well as forecasting future threats.


Destination organizations today face a growing need to advocate for the outcome of their efforts. We work diligently to empower these organizations with facts, best practices and tools to mitigate current threats, and get ahead of future issues on the horizon.


Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. Through programs like 30 Under 30 and the Apprenticeship Program, we are developing future industry leaders that represent a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives.

2018 Spirit of Hospitality Celebration

Join the Destinations International Foundation for a night of inspiration where leaders come together to celebrate the power of destinations and travel. 

National Geographic Traveler is this year’s Spirit of Hospitality Honoree, the highest recognition presented annually to individuals and organizations that show exceptional dedication and commitment to the travel and tourism industry. 

Support the Foundation

Join us and volunteer, donate or give back to the Foundation that supports your industry.
Support the Foundation through various events throughout the year.

Check out the full suite of reports and studies in the Research Library. Depending on what your needs are, find a range of valuable information to inform your business decisions and communications.

Through the support of the Foundation, Destinations International is the definitive resource for professional development and destination management.
The Destinations International Foundation thanks its former chairmen for their dedication and service.