Destinations International Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2018) – Destinations International Chair Tammy Blount-Canavan, FCDME and President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau and President and CEO Don Welsh today announced the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees.

The Destinations International Hall of Fame award was created in 2014 to honor individuals who have changed the future of destination marketing for the better, made significant contributions to the advancement of the industry and shaped travel marketing. Inductees will be honored on Wednesday, July 11 at the 2018 Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA.

“The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made tremendous contributions for our industry,” said Blount-Canavan. “This very deserving list has been key to the evolution of our industry and has shaped destination marketing and management for future leaders to come.”

2018 Destinations International Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Anja Loetscher, Retired; Former Director, Geneva Tourism & Conventions Foundation
  • Marian Holt McLain, Retired; Former President & CEO, San Jose CVB
  • William (Bill) Peeper, Retired; Former President & CEO, Orlando CVB
  • Deborah Sexton, Former President & CEO, PCMA

“Congratulations to this very deserving list who have made a lasting impact on our industry,” said Welsh. Thank you to the nominating committee, led by Karen Williams, for the continued support and commitment to this program. We look forward to recognizing this influential group at our Annual Convention in Anaheim, CA in July.”

For more information about the Hall of Fame or the 2018 Annual Convention, visit


About Destinations International:
Destinations International (formerly Destination Marketing Association International) is the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards. Destinations International is about serving destination marketing professionals first and foremost. Together with more than 4,700 members and partners from nearly 600 destinations in approximately 15 countries, Destinations International represents a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association; exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people and elevating tourism to its highest potential. For more information, visit