Annual Convention
July 23-26, 2019 | St. Louis, MO, USA
Annual Convention keynote

Thanks for joining us for 2018!

Destinations International and the host city of Anaheim welcomed more than 1,620 attendees in general sessions, discipline-focused shirtsleeves and networking events across this wonderful city.

Destinations International's Annual Convention provides:

  • An exclusive 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.
  • Recognition for our leaders and their accomplishments on behalf of the industry.
  • Relationship-based exchanges among industry providers, destination organizations and CVBs.
  • Diversity of thought by assembling the best minds in local insight and global expertise.
General Session 1
CDME class 2
Annual Convention trade show 3
World Cafe 4
Grand Celebration 5
International group photo 6
DMAP reception 7
2018 class of 30 Under 30s 8
VisitPITTSBURGH session 9
Longwoods International 10
(1) General sessions featured keynotes from globally-recognized speakers, insightful panels and industry updates. (2) Attendees participate in a marketing shirtsleeves roundtable discussion. (3) The trade show featured networking opportunities with 100 exhibitors from across the industry. (4) The World Cafe offered an opportunity for attendees to engage with content experts in an informal setting. (5) The Grand Celebration closing reception featured a live band at the Anaheim House of Blues. (6) A few international attendees gather for a group photo at the opening reception. (7) Destinations that have recently achieved or renewed their DMAP certification attend the DMAP reception. (8) The 2018 class of 30 Under 30 honorees are recognized on stage. (9) The team from VisitPITTSBURGH present expert content to their peer destinations. (10) Longwoods International celebrated their 40th anniversary by bringing a flash mob band to the trade show.

Join Your Peers

With over 1,600 attendees from 47 states and 17 countries, Annual Convention is one of the industry's premier networking opportunities. Explore the map below to see where our attendees come from.

Sessions by Discipline

With 100 speakers and 120 sessions and events over three days, Annual Convention offers educational opportunities for destination professionals of all types - whether you are leisure marketing, convention sales, development or governance, there's content for you.

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.

Travis Napper
"The networking is great, the education is awesome and for me it just re-energizes me every year. Going back with new ideas, new contacts, and opportunities to use some of these products in our destination."
Travis Napper
President & CEO
Ruston Lincoln Parish CVB

2019 Annual Convention

July 23-26, 2019
St. Louis, MO, USA

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2018 Keynotes

Hear from visionary speakers that help inspire, educate and unleash your professional creativity.

Abby Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. She has dedicated the next chapter to fighting for equality and inclusion across industries.
Celebrity chef Tyler Florence and Visit California partnered together to inspire their communities and help them recover from devastating wildfires in the Napa region of California.
Storytelling is the foundation of powerful, captivating and inspiring marketing. Brand USA joined us for an engaging discussion about the compelling nature of storytelling and exciting live entertainment.
Destinations are facing challenges like never before - whether it’s natural disasters or manmade chaos, how do you respond? Leaders from Las Vegas and Puerto Rico share their first-hand experiences...
Annual Convention Presentations

View and download copies of concurrent session presentations from 2018 Annual Convention.

Download of past presentations is a benefit available to Destinations International members. Please use your member login to access the presentations, or contact us if you need assistance.

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Destinations International’s 2019 Annual Convention offers unmatched opportunities to connect with over 1,600 top decision-makers from 400+ destination organizations, tourism boards and convention & visitor bureaus. This July in St. Louis, we invite you to meet up with a wide range of global markets and develop relationships that matter at our Business Exchange. Contact us to learn more.