2025 Events Call for Speakers

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Submission Deadline: December 16, 2024

Destinations International is now accepting presentation proposals for the 2025 Annual Convention, as well as our industry summits that happen throughout the year. We invite you to be a thought leader and share your expertise at our 2025 events.


  • You must be a member of Destinations International in order to submit a session proposal. Non-member proposals will not be considered.
  • No member, business member or partner may submit more than TWO speaking proposals. If more than two proposals are received from a member, the remainder will not be considered.

Submission Guidelines

Here are a few guidelines to providing a quality submission: 

A quality presentation...

  • Contains practical information or a case study that will help industry practitioners gain revenue, gain efficiencies, and/or meet their business objectives.
  • Covers a new, specific topic relevant to travel and tourism.
  • Speaks to one of these target audiences:
    • Small, mid-sized and/or large destination organizations
  • Does not promote products or contain any kind of sales pitch.  If industry vendors are submitting a proposal, the proposal MUST include a case study and a Destinations International member speaker. Any speaking proposal focused on product promotion will be disqualified. Discussion about general product categories is acceptable if there is clear intent to educate and not sell.

A quality speaker...

  • Knows their session’s intended audience and engages with attendees. More information is retained when interactivity is a part of a lesson.
  • Is collaborative in every sense of the word. This includes collaborating with panelists for an engaging conversation about all angles of a topic. This also includes collaborating with Destinations International to ensure all learning objectives and deadlines are met.
  • Has a passion to present.

A few additional notes:

  • As always, participation in Annual Convention education is an unpaid, voluntary speaking opportunity. Complimentary registration is not provided.
  • We are interested in different session formats:
    • Round table discussions - interactivity and collaboration aids knowledge retention and provides attendees with additional networking opportunities.
    • Instructive presentation
    • Panel interview or fireside chat
  • Educational sessions are 45 minutes long.
  • Submitters will be contacted about eight-ten weeks after the submission deadline.

A few topic suggestions

Community Alignment & Engagement

Destination organizations act as the community brand manager to promote the community as a place to live, work and visit. Destinations align government, community, and industry priorities to increase their competitiveness.

Resilience, Stability & Growth

Destination organizations build resilience to withstand the changes in the economy, global disruptions and evolution in technology and emerge stronger and more productive.

Success Measurements

Destination organizations share clear and powerful data to help their community understand how they contribute to the well-being of the destination and the achievement of community goals.

Technology and Digital Marketing

Destination organizations harness the next generation of technological advancements to be the best for their communities.

Destination Stewardship

Destination organizations elevate resident quality of place by managing a sustainable visitor industry, promoting equitable economic opportunities, and helping to preserve the history, cultures and environment. 

Social Inclusion

Destination organizations cultivate a unified community where everyone feels they are welcomed and belong. Their branding represents every aspect of their communities. 

Workforce Development

Destination organizations work with their community to help foster, sustain, and retain a viable workforce that can support the current and future needs of the community.

Thank you for your interest in submitting a speaking proposal!