Annual Convention
2018 Annual Convention keynote address and audience

Destinations International's hybrid Annual Convention will bring together attendees from around the globe to participate in premier networking opportunities exclusively for destination organization professionals. 

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.

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Hybrid Event
July 13-15, 2021 | Baltimore, MD, USA

Join us at an all-new hybrid event! This flexible event format will give you the option of experiencing education and networking opportunities in person or virtually. Additional details to be announced soon.

Due to fluidity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, dates and location are subject to change. 

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2018 Annual Convention General Session 1
CDME class at the 2018 Annual Convention 2
2018 Annual Convention trade show 3
World Cafe at the 2018 Annual Convention 4
2018 Annual Convention Grand Celebration 5
International group photo at the 2018 Annual Convention 6
DMAP reception at the 2018 Annual Convention 7
2018 class of 30 Under 30s 8
VisitPITTSBURGH session at the 2018 Annual Convention 9
Longwoods International flash mob band at the 2018 Annual Convention 10
(1) General sessions feature keynotes from globally-recognized speakers, insightful panels and industry updates. (2) Attendees participate in a marketing shirtsleeves roundtable discussion. (3) The trade show features networking opportunities with nearly 100 exhibitors from across the industry. (4) Enjoy intimate learning opportunities to engage with content experts in an informal setting. (5) Networking receptions include refreshments, great opportunities to meet industry professionals, refreshments and live entertainment. (6) A few international attendees gather for a group photo. (7) Destinations that have recently achieved or renewed their DMAP certification attend the DMAP reception. (8) The class of 30 Under 30 honorees is 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.

Past Keynotes

Previous Annual Convention keynote speakers have been visionary leaders that help inspire, educate and unleash professional creativity.

Author of Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch is best known for the themes of hope and kindness that weave through his books, plays, and films.
Get a roadmap for becoming the most "extreme" version of yourself by operating at the edge of your potential and by building highly-collaborative, focused and successful teams.
Arwa is a brand strategist and diversity consultant, writing a weekly column for the Guardian and speaking to companies around the world about diversity in the workplace.
Brian is the founder and CEO of The Points Guy (TPG), the preeminent voice when it comes to loyalty programs, credit cards and travel.
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2020 Presentations

View education session recordings and download copies of presentations from the 2020 virtual Annual Convention.

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

Travis Napper headshot
"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