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The past two years have been filled with extraordinary challenges, brought on by a global pandemic. But through a series of additional challenges - budget cuts, global elections, social unrest and injustices and natural disasters - the world of destination organizations has completely changed. Destination leaders must look for solutions for a post-pandemic recovery by rolling up their sleeves and coming together with stakeholders to cultivate an innovative approach to and solutions that will advance the good work they do on behalf of the communities they serve.

Now is the time to EMBRACE the tremendous disruption we’ve all experienced to get to the other side stronger and smarter. This one-of-a-kind hybrid experience is about you and the tools and resources you need to make the hard work happen. You’ll leave the 2021 Annual Convention feeling inspired, renewed, energized and ready to move past these disruptions and innovate like never before.

Destinations International's Annual Convention provides:

  • An opportunity to connect peers and thought leaders from inside and outside the industry.
  • An integrated approach to learning regardless of your budget size or discipline focus.
  • Relationship-based exchanges among industry providers and destination organizations.
  • Diversity of thought by assembling the best minds in local insight and global expertise.

WHAT IS A HYBRID EVENT?

A hybrid event combines both in-person and virtual components, allowing attendees to join in their preferred format. This year's Annual Convention hybrid event will feature a limited live in-person audience in Baltimore as well as an online audience on our virtual event platform. 

General sessions and selected breakouts will be live-streamed to the virtual platform so that all attendees can experience the same content.
On-site moderators will facilitate questions and discussion points from all attendees, whether they are in-person or virtual.
Access the exclusive event discussion group before, during and after the event to have conversations with your peers, no matter where they are located.
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Schedule Overview

Schedule subject to change.
CDME In-Person Courses
July 10-13
CDME courses will be offered in-person only in Baltimore. Start or continue your career development with courses focused on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.
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Pre-Convention Summits
July 13
Join your peers for in-depth and discipline-specific summits taking place the day before Annual Convention. Register for the in-person Annual Convention and receive an automatic US$100 discount when registering for an in-person summit.
MarCom Summit logo
Hybrid Event
Full Day
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FinOps Summit logo
Hybrid Event
Half Day
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VSS Summit logo
Virtual Event
Half Day
Details »
Membership Summit logo
Virtual Event
Half Day
Details »
Hybrid Annual Convention
July 13-15
The 2021 Annual Convention will kick off the evening of July 13 with an opening reception, followed by two full days of programming in Baltimore and on the virtual platform. In-person general sessions will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center. Breakout sessions will take place at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, connected to the convention center via indoor skywalk.
Pricing
Early Bird Rates
Exclusively available to CVB members through May 28, 2021
In-Person Virtual
CVB US$795 US$395
Small CVB
*budget under $2M
US$695 US$395
Regular Rates
In-Person Virtual
CVB US$895 US$445
Small CVB
*budget under $2M
US$795 US$445
Industry Partner US$1,295 US$445
Business Member US$1,595 US$445
Visit Baltimore logo

Baltimore is writing a new chapter in its history, fueled by a diverse population of cultural arbiters, skilled tastemakers and social entrepreneurs. Today's Baltimore is a place where good ideas and ambition are the currency that matter most. Join us to experience this unique destination with your industry peers and colleagues this July.

KEYNOTES

Wes Moore
Wes Moore
Best-selling author, entrepreneur, television producer, retired US Army Officer and Baltimore native. He also served as the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation.
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown

Kevin's unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. Kevin is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high-performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results.
Global All-Stars
Global All-Stars

A general session facilitated by Miles Partnership that continues to serve as a platform for showcasing insights, ideas and inspiration from around the world.