Frequently Asked Questions

What is a destination organization?

Destination organizations are charged with representing a specific destination and helping the long-term development of communities through a travel and tourism strategy. For visitors, destination organizations are like a key to the city. They can serve as a broker or an official point of contact for convention, business and leisure travelers. They assist planners with meeting preparation and encourage business travelers and visitors alike to visit local historic, cultural and recreational sites.

Why is a destination organization valuable to a visitor, business traveler or a meeting planner?

  • Destination organizations offer information about a destination’s services and facilities.
  • Destination organizations save visitors time and energy, as they are a one-stop shop for local tourism interests.
  • Destination organizations can provide the full range of information about a destination.
  • Most services provided by destination organizations cost nothing.

If destination organizations don't charge for their services, how do they make money?

For most services, convention and visitor bureaus do not charge their clients — the visitor, the business traveler and the meeting planner. Instead, most destination organizations are funded through a combination of occupancy taxes, membership dues, improvement districts and government resources.

Why are meetings and tourism important?

Travel and tourism enhances the quality of life for a local community by providing jobs, bringing in tax dollars for improvement of services and infrastructure, and attracting facilities like restaurants, shops, festivals, and cultural and sporting venues that cater to both visitors and locals. According to The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Travel & Tourism is a key sector for economic development and job creation throughout the world. In 2016, Travel & Tourism directly contributed US$2.3 trillion and 109 million jobs worldwide. Taking its wider indirect and induced impacts into account, the sector contributed US$7.6 trillion to the global economy and supported 292 million jobs in 2016. This was equal to 10.2% of the world’s GDP, and approximately 1 in 10 of all jobs. 

What services does a destination organization offer meeting planners?

Destination organizations make planning and implementing a meeting less time-consuming and more streamlined. Learn about the free services that destination organization offers to meeting planners here.
About Destinations International

Destinations International is about serving destination marketing professionals first and foremost. Together with our members and partners, Destinations International represents a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association; exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people, and elevating tourism to its highest potential.