Membership Update: September 13, 2017

Welcome to the New Biweekly Membership Newsletter! 

Focusing on our four cornerstones (Community, Advocacy, Research and Education), the new Membership Newsletter will arrive in your inbox with the latest news from Destinations International every other week. Let us know what you think by emailing us at [email protected]

COMMUNITY 

Hurricane Victims: How you can help

Looking for ways to help the destinations and victims that were most impacted by recent superstorms? We've gathered a list of organizations that are in need of your support. Learn More > 

Attending IMEX America? Education, Sales and Networking Just for You 

Destinations International looks forward to seeing many of our partners and members in Las Vegas at IMEX America. Join us at our two unique education sessions: A Closer Look at Travel Boycotts (October 9 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.) and Issues and Opportunities Facing the CVB Sales Professional (October 11, 8:30-9:30 a.m.)

IMEX America exhibitors who are members of Destinations International and the other organizing associations are invited to attend the Association Evening on October 9. Meet with key association decision makers at this unique sales and networking event.

Destinations International members may attend at no charge; however, due to the anticipated popularity of the event, a maximum of two people from each exhibiting company may register. Please register here. 

ADVOCACY 

Learn How to Fight for your Destination at the Advocacy Summit, Oct. 25-26, 2017, in Baltimore, MD

The inaugural Advocacy Summit will cover the latest threats and trends to our industry as well as offer research and leadership tips to help your destination excel. Learn More > 

Blog: Key Takeaways from the Weaponization of Travel Study

Do travel boycotts and bans actually work to effect political change? Read key takeaways from our Weaponization of Travel Study in our latest blog post. Read More > 

EDUCATION 

Explore Evolving Trends in the Travel and Tourism Industry at the Professional in Destination Management (PDM) Fundamentals Course

Join us, November 6 in Baton Rouge, LA for an interactive educational course focusing on evolving trends in the travel and tourism industry and marketplace and how destination organizations successfully align with these changes. Register Now > 

Invest in your Career with the CDME, Nov. 5-8, Baton Rouge, LA

Work towards the industry’s highest educational achievement November 5-8 in Baton Rouge, LA with executive-level programs for experienced destination organization professionals seeking advanced professional development. Register Now > 

Register for our Upcoming Fall Summits

Ranging from Visitor Services to Advocacy, our upcoming Summits offer professional development, peer-to-peer networking and niche education for departments across destination organizations.

Visitor Services Summit: September 24 – 26, Columbus, Ohio
Finance Operations and Technology Summit: October 16 - 19, Orlando, FL
Membership Summit: October 23-26, Charlotte, NC
Advocacy Summit: October 25-26, Baltimore, MD

RESEARCH 

Submit Your Data for the 2017 Organization and Financial Profile Study

The Organizational & Financial Profile Study allows Destinations International members to view and analyze destination organization structures, practices, trends and developments in key areas of interest for the industry. Those that answer at least 50 percent of the questions will receive the results at no charge. Submit Your Data > 

Reminder to Participate in the Group Sales Channel Impact Study

This study quantifies the total influence of destination organizations on group room nights. For those that serve the group sales market, the study is critical knowledge and essential for external communications.

Please give Destinations International permission to analyze your booking data in aggregate with other destinations. If you have questions, please reach out to Andreas Weissenborn, Director of Research and Analytics, at [email protected]. Sign Up to Participate > 

DESTINATION TOOLS 

DMAP Accreditation Deadline Approaching

The globally recognized Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) serves as a visible industry distinction that defines quality and performance standards in destination marketing and management. Applications are due September 29, 2017. Read More > 

Sign up for a DNEXT Assessment 

The recently released DestinationNEXT Futures Study confirmed that our industry is undergoing unprecedented change. 12 of the top 25 trends identified in the 2017 study, and 10 of the top 25 strategies, were new. Destination organizations from around the world are using DNEXT to check in to determine how to adjust and reconfigure to the ever-changing destination marketing world. No strategic plan is complete without a DNEXT assessment. Sign Up for an Assessment >