Destination Organization Award for Global Impact

First awarded in 2023, the Destination Organization Award for Global Impact was established to honor exceptional destination organizations (local, county, state/provincial, governmental, national) that have significantly influenced the global destination industry through outstanding service and innovative practices within their own communities.

This prestigious award recognizes those organizations that have not only addressed local challenges or opportunities but have also implemented solutions with the potential for scalability and impact on a global scale.

Eligible organizations, including those based in the United States, must be members in good standing with Destinations International. This award celebrates the commitment and ingenuity of destination organizations in enhancing the global destination industry.

2024 Honoree

Business Events Sydney, Sydney Australia

2023 Honoree

Destination Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Chelsea Dunlop Welter

Senior Vice President of Governance & Administration
Destinations International

Chelsea Dunlop Welter is the organization's Senior Vice President of Governance & Administration and is directly responsible for managing and supporting all administration and operations for the organization including human resource functions and directly supports the executive office. Additionally, she also manages all board governance and supervision for the Destinations International Association Board of Directors, The Destinations International Foundations Board of Trustees, and their respective committees and task forces.

Chelsea joined Destinations International (DMAI) in 2016 after leaving Choose Chicago where she worked as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. Prior to her career in travel and tourism, she worked in commercial property management working in both Chicago and New York City for a large international real estate management company and also a regional firm in Chicago.

Chelsea is a graduate of Michigan State University (BA) and Florida State University (MA) with a major in History and American Dance Studies respectively and lives with her family in Detroit Metro area, Michigan.

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