Biweekly Member Newsletter: May 15, 2019


"We are a member of Destinations International for one primary reason: to be part of an organization that helps us be better ... to have access to information and people to challenge us to be better and do better on behalf of our destination."

Click on the video to hear why John Groh, President and CEO of the Rockford Area CVB, is a member of Destinations International.


Are you a Meetings Destination? We Need your Information!

As part of your annual membership dues, Destinations International will continue to drive a meaningful and sustained awareness strategy to planners on the CVB value proposition. Launching in July 2019, a new meetings microsite hosted and developed by Destinations International, will include a searchable directory of all member destinations that drive meetings and events. To be included in this directory, please fill out this brief survey.

Meetings and Convention Content Promotion Program

Exclusive to members, Trade Show News Network ( and have partnered with Destinations International to be the exclusive content platforms for members to share stories directly with meeting planners about their CVB’s value to meeting planners. Learn more on this exclusive opportunity.

See What's Happening on the Member Forum

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

Recent topics include:

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.


Participate in the DestinationNEXT Futures Study

The DestinationNEXT Futures Study is produced every two years and is vital for our industry to help us understand where we are going. The survey will take 30 minutes of your time.


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)

Join us at the 2019 Annual Convention

July 23-25, 2019: St. Louis, MO

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.

Save the Date: Visitor Services Summit

September 29-October 1, 2019: Kansas City, MO

The Visitor Services Summit is designed for professionals vested in the planning, development and management of visitor experiences within their destinations.

Save the Date: Finance, Operations and Technology Summit

October 6-9, 2019: Colorodo Springs, CO

Dedicated concurrent session tracks allow finance, operations and technology professionals to break out with peers for deeper learning.

Save the Date: Membership Summit

October 21-23, 2019: St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL

This community of partners, inclusive of both membership and partnership roles, targets discussions about changing trends in the destination marketplace, redefining membership and partnership responsibilities to maximize impact, recalibrating the sponsorship value proposition and more.


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.


EIC 101: How to Calculate Event Impact for New Users

Thursday, May 16, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
New subscribers should gather their team for this detailed orientation on how to use the Event Impact Calculator (EIC).