Biweekly Member Newsletter: April 17, 2019


Experience unparalleled networking, premium educational opportunities and much more at our upcoming events. 2019 Annual Convention kicks off on July 23-25, 2019, followed by discipline-focused fall summits including Visitor Services; Membership; Finance, Operations & TechnologyAdvocacy; and Convention Sales & Services.

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Join us for these Upcoming Member Webinars

Creating Unforgettable Customer Experiences: NEXTFactor Webinar

Thursday, April 25, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

To thrive in today’s highly-competitive global marketplace, organizations must design, develop and consistently deliver unforgettable customer experiences that create loyalty and life-long value. Join Greg Oates, Chief Innovation Officer at NEXTFactor Enterprises, as he speaks with Joe Veneto of Veneto Collaboratory to discuss how destination organizations can create a competitive advantage through the design, development and delivery of unforgettable customer experiences.

Audition for the Destinations International House Band

As we all know, music plays a vital role in our industry, at your destinations and in our lives. Music inspires, consoles, and lifts our spirits on a daily basis. We invite you to join our Destinations International House Band. Click here to read a letter from Gregg Shapiro and Adam Sacks for more information. The deadline to submit your audition video is May 20, 2019.

See What's Happening on the Member Forum

Find, engage and learn from other destination organization professionals using discussion, polling and Q&A functionality. 

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Blog: Scooters: Last Mile Savior or Pavement Terror

By now, if you have lived in any major city across the United States, you’ve no doubt seen, heard, or been narrowly hit by the latest ride sharing disruptor: electric scooters. Read our latest blog post about this topic.


Help Us Serve Your Education Needs

We are committed to enabling you with education solutions that will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need. However, we need your help to guide the services and solutions we create for you. Your voice matters!

Do you have five minutes to share your thoughts? Thanks in advance for helping us learn how to serve you even better.

CMO Summit

April 28-30, 2019: Houston, TX

This is a marketing professional's opportunity to join fellow leaders and colleagues to discuss the evolving role of destination marketers and how your destination adapts to the dynamic landscape of place-making.

CDME Courses at Summer Learning Week

July 20-23, 2019

Join fellow senior executives in advancing your career to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment.

Concurrent Core Courses

  • Strategic Issues in Destination Management (July 20-21)
  • Destination Leadership (July 20-21)

One-and-a-Half-Day Concurrent Electives

  • Destination Positioning and Branding (July 22-23)
  • Destination Organization Human Resources (July 22-23)

PDM Course: Fundamentals of Sales

July 23, 2019

The Professional in Destination Management (PDM) program provides destination management professionals with less than three years of experience, cutting-edge education and equips entry-to-mid-level professionals with the skills and knowledge critical to successful destination management and marketing.

2019 Annual Convention

July 23-25, 2019

As the premier event for destination professionals, Destinations International's 2019 Annual Convention provides a unique opportunity for destination organizations to connect with and learn from peers and thought leaders from inside and outside the industry.


White Paper: American Resident Sentiment Towards Tourism

The global travel & tourism industry continues to grow at a healthy pace, but not without some challenges. Longwoods International conducted a national online survey with a representative sample of 1,500 adults drawn from a consumer research panel. In partnership with Destinations International, the results of this firstever national benchmark survey of American Resident Sentiment Towards Tourism are being made available.


MINT+ Training for Destination Sales Professionals

Friday, April 26, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET

In this free training, we will cover searching for a new organization, meeting or contact, as well as best practices for building a query to support your prospecting efforts in the MINT+ Database.