Committees & Councils

Destinations International is an association driven by its volunteer leadership and the members of its volunteer committees play an important role. From shaping new tools and research, operating accreditation programs or recommending industry best practices, these members collaborate with their peers and association staff to enhance member benefits and developing resources vital for the success of destination organizations.

Individuals interested in participating in a Destinations International volunteer committee or council are invited contact Destinations International for more information.

Standing Committees

Destinations International has the following standing committees per the Association’s bylaws. 

Advocacy

The Advocacy Committee recommends partnerships, best practices and resources to communicate the value and impact of destination organizations to their leadership, stakeholders and community. On behalf of the Association, and working with the Association leadership, the committee provides robust support for policies which positively affect the industry and speak out on issues of concern. Acknowledging that policies affect destinations both directly and indirectly, the committee remains vigilant in identifying appropriate areas where well-organized advocacy can lead to an optimal result.

Audit

This Committee oversees the annual audit process and monitors the process in which the financial practices are carried out by the Association.

Finance

The Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the Association’s budget, financial statements and financial practices. The Finance Committee provides a report during each board meeting.

Global Leadership

The Global Leadership Committee advises the Association on strategies for development and growth of its leadership role worldwide while actively serving as ambassadors for the Association in areas where membership is less robust and in need of development. The committee provides guidance on programming, events, and activities which would allow the Association to fully engage with destinations around the globe.

Governance

The Governance Committee has the responsibility for ongoing board development, leadership development, board and board member assessment, board education, and ensuring that the board is equipped with proper guidelines and structure to do its work. In addition, the committee reviews the bylaws, board policies and documents regularly and recommends timely amendments or replacements when necessary.

Awards

The Awards Committee makes recommendations for recipients of the Hall of Fame Award and the Destination Organization Leadership Award. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes and acknowledges individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the destination organization and travel industry. The Destination Organization Leadership Award recognizes those outstanding individuals who, through their exceptional work and achievements within a destination organization, have made a significant impact on the destination industry as well as a profound difference in their communities. The award recipients are chosen annually.   

Nominating

The Nominating Committee annually analyzes the present composition of the board and work to best determine what qualities, characteristics, and perspectives are currently present on the board and identify where gaps exist. This analysis is reflected in a board matrix adopted by the committee. The committee proposes an annual slate of candidates to fill board of director positions with special attention to filling the gaps identified through its analysis of the current board.

Organization Accreditation Program

The Organization Accreditation Program Committee represents the Association’s dedication to the professional development of its member organizations. The committee serves as the governing board for the destination organization industry’s highest organizational achievement, the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) and any related support programs. The Organization Accreditation Program Committee serves as the de facto board of directors of the program and establishes their own policies and procedures for the operation of the program. This includes procedures for selection of members of this committee and its leadership and the governance of the program.

Professional Accreditation Program

The Professional Accreditation Program Committee represents the Association’s dedication to the professional development of its leadership. The committee serves as the governing board for the destination organization industry’s highest educational achievement, the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) program and other related certificate programs including the Professional in Destination Management (PDM) Certificate. The Professional Accreditation Program Committee serves as the de facto board of directors of the program and establishes their own policies and procedures for the operation of the program independent from the Association board. This includes procedures for selection of members of this committee and its leadership as well as the governance of their programs.

Professional Development

The Professional Development Committee creates, provides and advances professional development programs that are accessible, offer value and are relevant to the needs of our industry. The committee seeks to improve the knowledge and skills of members through the recommendation, design and evaluation of professional development programming at conventions, summits and meetings. They provide continuous analysis, support and oversight to ensure quality, relevance and accessibility.

Sales and Marketing

The Sales and Marketing Committee actively reviews, evaluates, and develops strategies, best practices, and resources for key destination organization initiatives that will best position Association members as the relevant tourism, meeting, and convention distribution channel.

Advisory Councils & Task Forces

In addition to the standing committees, the Chairman of the Board, with the approval of the Destinations International Board of Directors, can appoint other committees, advisory councils or task forces that are felt to be necessary.

Partner Advisory Council

The Partner Advisory Council represents the interests of all Destinations International Destination Partner Members. The council provides guidance regarding programs, activities and policies affecting the supplier community, for the greater benefit of the entire organization.

Technology Task Force

The Technology Task Force identifies and provides technological solutions for the Association and destination organizations to enhance the level of sophistication, intuitiveness and interaction that drives customer attention.

Small Destination Organization Task Force

The Small Destination Organization Task Force reviews the current benefits and programs offered by Destinations International from the perspective of organizations with budgets of $1 million or less. The Task Force offers recommendations on ways Destinations International can better serve and grow this portion of the membership.