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Dublin, Ireland

Global Leaders Forum 2025

February 11-13, 2025 | Dublin, Ireland 

This inaugural event marks a new era of global engagement, as Destinations International hosts our first ever global forum outside North America, emphasising our commitment to global engagement and leadership within the destination organisation and convention bureau industry.

Connect with global destination organisation and convention bureau leaders in a series of meaningful conversations designed to drive impactful outcomes. This exclusive invitation only event offers the chance to be part of pioneering discussions on sustainability, social inclusion, and the future of global tourism. Experience unparalleled insights from world-renowned speakers, including Greg Clark, CBE, FAcSS, an expert in urban development and city strategy, and Adrian Cooper, CEO of Oxford Economics, known for his profound economic forecasting and policy advice. Together, they will explore the complexities of today’s global issues such as the climate emergency, economic shifts, and evolving geopolitical landscapes.

For more in-depth information about the forum, please view our official press release

‘Climate emergency, segregation and inequality, Geo-Political recession, growing conflicts and volatility, the emergence of a new global disorder, shifts in the global centres of economic gravity, and the playing out of post pandemic trends and behaviours. Combined these create a compelling mandate to reimagine how destinations can define new paths. In 2025, this cycle will take a fresh shape following the completion of a series of important democratic elections that will determine whether the scope for a refreshed plural consensus has been strengthened or weakened, and how far the scope for global hosting has been constrained or enabled’.

Greg Clark, CBE, FAcSS
Urbanist and Advisor on City Development

Key Features

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Keynote Addresses

Dive deep into discussions on how destinations can navigate and lead through turbulent times with our keynote speakers.

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Interactive Sessions

Engage in meaningful conversations that address the pressing challenges and opportunities within the destination industry.

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Networking Opportunities

Connect with peers and industry leaders in an exclusive setting, fostering collaborations that transcend borders.

Why Dublin?

Dublin is not just a city, but a global connector that exemplifies a perfect hosting venue through its dynamic mix of cultural richness and economic vitality. Its role in global thought leadership, particularly in sustainable destination development, makes it an ideal backdrop for our forward-thinking discussions.

Stay tuned for more details, speaker bios, and continuous updates. Event invitations and registration information will be distributed in the fall, 2024.

Inspirational Thought Leaders

ADRIAN COOPER

CEO, Oxford Economics

Adrian Cooper is responsible for coordinating and managing Oxford Economics' global economic analysis, forecasting and consultancy activities, and overseeing its global team of over 650 professionals including 450 economists and analysts.

GREG CLARK, CBE, FAcSS

Renowned Urbanist and Advisor on City Development

Greg Clark is a writer, Board Chair, and Senior Advisor on cities, transport, built environment, and place leadership. He is author of 10 books and 100 reports and has worked with 400 cities around the world. 

SOPHIA HYDER HOCK

Chief Inclusion Officer, Destinations International

With over 20 years of expertise in diversity, social inclusion, and gender empowerment, Sophia has cultivated transformative strategies and programs for international development and the travel industry. Integrating her human-centered design and mindfulness, she will be facilitating engaging conversations around social inclusion and accessibility.

Destination Host: Fáilte Ireland

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