Biweekly Member Update: January 9, 2019


One of the biggest benefits of membership in your industry trade association is the power of fostering dialogue within a larger community. Through your organization's membership, access to resources and benefits extends down to your entire professional staff. This is an excellent opportunity to provide your team with additional learning and collaboration.

Click on the video to hear what Andrew Heidt, Senior Sales Manager of the Boise CVB, has to say about his membership.


Blog Post: Top 5 Reasons to Attend Destination Showcase

Here's our top five reasons to be in attendance at the 2019 Destination Showcase.

Webinar: How Travel Brands are Selling Experiences in the Mobile-First Era 

The tours and activities sector has seen a surge of new players begin selling travel experiences in recent years, including TripAdvisor, Booking Holdings and Airbnb. There has also been a raft of mergers and acquisitions during the last decade, where large brands are buying up activity providers with thousands of travel experiences that can be booked online. Paul Ouimet, founder and CEO of NEXTFactor, and Greg Oates, chief innovation officer, will be hosting the online event, marking the debut of the new NEXTFactor Trailblazer Webinar Series.

Join us at the Spirit of Hospitality Celebration 

February 12, 2019: Hamilton LIVE in Washington, D.C.

A showcase of excellence in the tourism industry, the Spirit of Hospitality Celebration brings together industry leadership to provide funds critical to support the Foundation programs that empower the work of destination organizations globally through research, education, advocacy and leadership initiatives.

See What Your Peers are Saying in the Member Forum 

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

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Become a Destination Ally

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Registration Open for Spring Learning Week 

February 9 - 12, 2019: Washington, D.C.

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:
Destination Advocacy and Community Relations (February 9-10)
Strategic Issues in Destination Management (February 9-10)

One-and-a-Half-Day Concurrent Electives:
Destination Social Media Marketing (February 11-12)
Destination Organization Financial Management (February 11-12)

Save the Date for these Upcoming Events 

CEO Summit: April 15-18, 2019, Asheville, NC

CMO Summit: April 28-30, 2019, Houston, TX

Summer Learning Week: July 20-23, 2019, St. Louis, MO

2019 Annual Convention: July 23-26, 2019, St. Louis, MO

Finance, Operations & Technology Summit: October 6-9, 2019, Colorado Springs, CO


Blog Post: Exploring the Compensation and Benefits Platform 

With the Release of the 2018 Compensation and Benefits Platform, our Senior Director of Research and Advocacy, Andreas Weissenborn, shares three tips he often sees members overlook when utilizing this dynamic platform solution.


A Look into the Event Impact Calculator

Thursday, January 10, 2-2:30 p.m. EST

Sit in on a live demonstration as we walk you through how the calculator tailors economic impact analysis of different event types to each unique destination.