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$1,695 / Non-member: US$2,495

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$1095 / Non-member: US$1,495

Small Destination Scholarship

2024 CDME Course Schedule

Summer CDME Courses
July 13-16, 2024
Tampa, FL

Core Courses
July 13-14, 2024

  • Strategic Issues in Destination Management - SOLD OUT!  WAITLIST OPEN
    Instructors: Maura Gast, CDME, Executive Director, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau
    David Holder, CDME, Principal and CEO, Clarity of Place
  • Destination Leadership - SOLD OUT! WAITLIST OPEN
    Instructors: Craig Davis, CDME, President and CEO, Visit Dallas
    Kathleen Davis, CDME, Executive Director, Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Destination Marketing & Sales - SOLD OUT! WAITLIST OPEN
    Instructors: Cody Chomiak, CDME, Vice President of Marketing, Travel Manitoba
    Tom Loftus, CDME, Vice President of Marketing, Richmond Region Tourism

Elective Courses
July 15-16, 2024

  • Development of the Destination Experience - SOLD OUT! WAITLIST OPEN
    Instructors: Maura Gast, CDME, Executive Director, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau
    David Holder, CDME, Principal and CEO, Clarity of Place
  • Destination Information and Research - SOLD OUT! WAITLIST OPEN
    Instructors: Barry White, CDME, President and CEO, Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Michael Rudowski, Vice President of Research and Insights, VisitDallas

If you would like to be added to the waitlist for a sold out course, please go ahead and register for the course (you will automatically be put on the waitlist) and then email [email protected].

REGISTER FOR SUMMER COURSES

Fall CDME Courses
October 19-22, 2024
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Core Courses
October 19-20, 2024

  • Destination Advocacy and Community Relations
    Instructors: Cassandra McAuley, CDME, Managing Director, MMGY NextFactor
    John Groh, CDME, President and CEO, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Destination Marketing & Sales
    Instructors: Cody Chomiak, CDME, Vice President of Marketing, Travel Manitoba
    Tom Loftus, CDME, Vice President of Marketing, Richmond Region Tourism

Elective Courses
October 21-22, 2024

  • Destination Organization Financial Management
    Instructors: Mike Zumbaugh, CDME, Chief Financial Officer, Visit Estes Park
    Chris Kipper, CDME, Chief Financial Officer, Louisville Tourism
  • Human Resources and Culture Transformation
    Instructors: Linda John, CDME, VP Travel & Hospitality Practice, Fired Up! Culture
    Meg Winchester, CDME, Senior Advisor, Fired Up! Culture 
    Jennifer Johnson, Vice President of Operations, Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
     

REGISTER FOR FALL COURSES

Canada CDME Courses
December 1-2, 2024
Vancouver, BC

Core Courses
December 1-2, 2024

  • Strategic Issues in Destination Management 
    Instructors: Maura Gast, CDME, Executive Director, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau
    David Holder, CDME, Principal and CEO, Clarity of Place
  • Destination Leadership
    Instructors: Craig Davis, CDME, President and CEO, Visit Dallas
    Kathleen Davis, CDME, Executive Director, Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau

REGISTER FOR CANADA COURSES

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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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