Advocacy Summit
Advocacy Summit General Session
date_range November 12-14, 2019
location_city Madison, WI, USA
location_on Venue announced soon

Join us for Destinations International's Advocacy Summit, as we bring together advocacy experts and destination organization professionals for the exchange of ideas and best practices. Learn from experts and insiders about the latest trends and threats to our industry, discover tools and research available to you and enhance your leadership skills with advocacy training. Whether fighting for your funding, defending your destination against the weaponization of travel, or lighting the way through dark money politics, this event will help you become a more effective advocate for your destination organization.


Learn about upcoming travel trends and regulations based on the newest research and policy briefs issued by the Destinations International Foundation. Globally-recognized speakers provide a comprehensive overview of the future direction of the industry.


Take a deeper dive into best practices surrounding the newest issues facing destinations around the world. Hear from your peers on how they are tackling the latest challenges from a governmental and regulatory perspective.


Learn about the current landscape for global travel. Hear from experts in the fields in tourism and political research, data analysis and how it affects destinations around the world.
Hear from your peers about how they are tackling the latest issues. Past sessions include overtourism, short-term rental regulation and working with your economic development partners.
Featuring the latest toolkits, industry leaders share their top practical tips for approaching the advocacy issues facing organizations of all sizes.

2018 Highlights

Advocacy Summit General Session
Advocacy Summit opening reception
Advocacy Summit general session
Advocacy Summit breakout session
Advocacy Summit Philly Museum of Art
Advocacy Summit host reception

2019 Advocacy Summit

November 2019
Location to be announced

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Attendees by Budget Size

Attendees come from destinations of all shapes and sizes. Network with peers from your budget group, or meet people from cities large and small.

Attendees by Job Title

The Summit is geared towards a gathering of destination senior leadership, with 85% of attendees coming from a director level or higher.

Sponsor this Event

Engage with industry professionals at this unique event dedicated to helping visitor services leaders excel in their positions. Contact our partnership team at [email protected] for more information.