Committees & Task Forces

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 us 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.

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.

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.

Convention Sales and Servicing

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.

Membership

Provides input on strategies to increase membership engagement, interaction, and involvement; identifies means to measure membership satisfaction and priorities; Assists in the development of strategies to grow the membership.

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.

Planner Influencer Board

Destinations International works to elevate the critical role CVBs have on the event planning process and work to educate CVB members with tools, resources and best practices to successfully deliver that value. The Planner Influencer Board contributes to the association’s overall business events strategy by helping define the key elements CVBs need to deliver on their promise of helping make events successful.

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Task Force

The Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Task Force works to create and implement initiatives for our members and industry to fully embrace diversity, inclusion and equity through benchmarking studies and research and tools.

Bylaws Task Force

The Bylaws Task Force would be responsible for reviewing the bylaws and governance documents and recommend amendments or replacements for approval at the annual meeting in 2020.

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.

Canadian Membership Task Force

Committee focused on growth of membership and engagement growth in Canada through partnerships with DMAC and Destinations Canada. Committee will provide insight on Canadian Tourism Organizations that will enable Destinations International to add value for its Canadian members. One does not need to be a Canadian destination to join this task force.