Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Destinations International recognizes and advocates the importance of cultivating a unified travel industry where everyone is welcome, where there is equitable access for all, and to challenge existing power structures so that systemically marginalized voices and perspectives can be heard.

Destinations International recognizes the importance of cultivating a tourism industry that represents a wide variety of individuals at all levels, celebrating the broad range of human differences among us, while embracing the commonalities we share.

Our association is committed to transforming destination communities through thought leadership, best practices and tools based on equity, diversity and inclusion principles through an anti-racist lens that empowers our members, so their destinations excel.

Through meaningful collaboration, Destinations International will lead and engage strategic planning and programmatic development initiatives and opportunities that will impact structural social change for the benefit our member’s communities focused on 5 core initiatives: CEO Engagement, Research, University Partnerships, Industry Partnerships and Workforce Development.

The Business Case for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

McKinsey & Company researched the financial impact of diversity of companies across industries. Their May 2020 report, Diversity Wins, reviewed 1,000+ companies in 15 countries globally. They found that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 36% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians and 25% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians for gender diversity. In contrast, their report also revealed the negative impact to companies in the bottom quartile for both gender and ethnic and cultural diversity as being 29% less likely to achieve above-average profitability than were all other companies in their data set.

Programs and Resources

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Explore the 2020 report examining overall demographics and perceptions on EDI within our member destination organizations.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The EDI committee represents over 50 members that have volunteered their time, expertise and guidance to drive and shape our EDI strategy.
Diversity and Meetings
Download this resource to understand why board diversity is a must at destination organizations.
30 Under 30
Investing in the future generation of destination experts by celebrating 30 individuals under the age of 30.
Post-graduate program to help create a culturally progressive and socially reflective tourism industry.
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Browse the Career Center for the latest professional opportunities for employers and job-seekers.