Destinations International

About The Foundation

The Destinations International Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering destinations 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, helping your community and building futures. Together, we can set the stage for connections that will impact quality of life in destinations on a global scale.

The REAL Approach

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.

Investment in the Foundation directly supports unique and specific strategic initiatives. These initiatives support and further the Association’s goals and often provide the research and intellectual capital for product creation, program support and unique education opportunities. The Foundation also supports the development of human capital through scholarships and targeted learning programs.

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.


Together we will create new knowledge.

The Foundation is one of the largest funders of research to develop a better understanding of our industry and the environment we operate in. We set industry standards through Destination Organization Performance Reporting, Compensation and Benefits Study, and Standard Performance Reporting studies. We identify trends and opportunities through our DestinationNEXT Futures Study, as well as current threats through our Weaponization of Travel Study. We demonstrate the catalytic impacts of our efforts through the Destination Promotion: An Engine of Economic Development study; and we build the foundations for products such as the Event Impact Calculator by funding baseline calculations.


Together we will foster a passion for learning.

The Foundation invests in building industry knowledge by funding educational programming for destination professionals throughout the year. We bring innovative speakers and luminaries to Destinations International’s Annual Convention and discipline-based Summits. We fund the development of new CDME, FCDME & PDM curriculum, and provide scholarship opportunities for professionals to participate in industry conferences and certification programs. We create governance training programs for destination organizations and their board of directors, and we created an Advocacy Summit to help industry professionals become more effective advocates for their destination organizations.


Together we will raise the voice of the industry.

The Foundation works diligently to help destination organizations better advocate for the outcome of their efforts. We monitor political conversations and track legislation that impacts our industry utilizing the world’s most comprehensive database of legislative information. We develop policy briefs and threat analysis reports to help destination organizations mitigate current threats and get ahead of future issues on the horizon. We assembled a team of industry leaders and crisis management experts to help destination organizations assess a crisis situation and set them on the path to creating an effective response strategy.


Together we will develop the leaders of tomorrow.

The Foundation invests in preparing the leaders of tomorrow through professional development and mentorship opportunities. 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.

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.