Upcoming CDME Courses

The CDME program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.

PLEASE NOTE: An approved CDME Application is required prior to registering for courses. Please allow 10 business days for the application to be processed. Courses are only available to those accepted to and committed to completing the program.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: To receive CDME credit for a course, you MUST be in attendance for 100 PERCENT of the scheduled course time. Please ensure your travel arrangements are made to accommodate potential travel delays. Missing course time to make a flight is not permitted.

If you cannot attend the course in its full entirety for ANY reason, you will need to reschedule and take the course at a future date. Please contact [email protected] if any conflicts arise.

Courses and instructors are subject to change.

Core Courses

Each core course is two days in length from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM each day.​
Member rate: US$1,575 / Non-member: US$2,315

Elective Courses

Each elective course is 1.5 days in length from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM and 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM.​
Member rate: US$995 / Non-member: US$1,395

Small Destination Scholarship

2023 CDME Courses

Fall CDME Courses

October 7-10, 2023
Little Rock, AR

Concurrent Core Courses
October 7-8, 2023

  • Strategic Issues in Destination Management - SOLD OUT! 
    Instructors: Gary Sherwin, CDME, President & CEO, Visit Newport Beach Inc. 
    Maura Allen Gast, CDME, Executive Director, Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau 
  • Destination Advocacy and Community Relations - SOLD OUT! 
    Instructors: Cassandra McAuley, CDME, Senior Vice President, Destination Stewardship, MMGY NEXTFactor Enterprises Inc.
    John Groh, CDME, President and CEO, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Concurrent Elective Courses
October 9-10, 2023

  • Destination Positioning and Branding
    Instructors: Gary Sherwin, CDME, President and CEO, Visit Newport Beach Inc.
    Kelly Miller, CDME, President and CEO, Visit Huntington Beach
  • Human Resources and Culture Transformation
    Instructors: Jennifer Johnson, Vice President of Operations, Monterey County CVB
    Linda John, CDME, Vice President, Destination & Travel Practice, Fired-Up! Culture

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Fall CDME Courses - Canada

November 17-20, 2023
Ottawa, ON 

Core Course
November 17-18, 2023

  • Destination Leadership
    Instructors: Craig Davis, CDME, President and CEO, Visit Dallas
    Kathleen Davis, CDME, Executive Director, Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau

Core Course
November 19-20, 2023

  • Destination Marketing and Sales 
    Instructors: Cody Chomiak, CDME, Vice President of Marketing, Travel Manitoba
    Steve Paganelli, CDME, Head of Destination Marketing, Americas, Tripadvisor 

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Taylor Ruoff Snider

Senior Manager, Professional Development
Destinations International

Taylor Ruoff assists with the development and administration of Destination International’s education and certification programs. Taylor has a passion for advancing sustainable travel and tourism education to support and empower destination organizations and industry professionals across the globe. She has over five years of experience in project management, research, content development, and educational administration for prominent industry associations, destination organizations, non-profits, and consulting firms.

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