Destinations International Announces Opening of 2019 Annual Convention Registration



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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 13, 2019) – Destinations International Chair William Pate and President and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and Destinations International President and CEO, Don Welsh, today announced that registration is open for the 2019 Annual Convention. The event will take place July 23-25, 2019 in 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. Registration and more information can be found here.

“We are excited to bring the greatest minds in the travel and tourism industry together for this annual event,” said Pate. “The event promises to provide networking and inspiration for every professional across the industry.”

The multi‐day event will bring together over 1,600 travel and tourism leaders from around the globe to learn from over 50 inspiring sessions – including disciplined-focused tracks for all budget sizes – led by the best minds in the industry.

“Our Annual Convention promises to evolve and elevate destination organizations of all shapes and sizes, from across the globe,” said Welsh. “Each year we strive to inspire our members and partners over the course of the convention and provide them with relevant content to bring home to continue to ensure the success of their destination. Special thanks to our Professional Development Committee, that has helped us curate diverse and inspiring content that we look forward to providing to attendees in the beautiful city of St. Louis, MO.”

This year, the convention will be held at America’s Convention Center Complex in downtown St. Louis. Attendees will be able to experience the magic of St. Louis, is a place where history and imagination collide, and the result is a destination like no other. Easy to get to and easy to get around in, the area is filled with an eclectic array of shops and restaurants that contribute to St. Louis' unique charm and multicultural flair. In addition to the newly reimagined Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis is home to exceptional music, arts and cultural options, as well as such renowned - and free - attractions as the Saint Louis Art Museum, Zoo, and Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, Citygarden, Grant's Farm, Laumeier Sculpture Park and the Anheuser-Busch brewery tours.

“We look forward to welcoming Destinations International’s members for the 2019 Annual Convention to see for themselves the explosion of development that is happening throughout our community,” said Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe, President of Explore St. Louis. “From new hotel properties to our world-class attractions, Destinations International attendees will get a firsthand glimpse at one of the most vibrant cities in the U.S. Our nationally acclaimed restaurants, breweries, live music and other arts and entertainment options will offer up plenty of opportunities for attendees to enhance the education and business experiences of the convention, as well as offer them the chance to bring their families along to enjoy one of the nation’s most family-friendly travel destinations.”

Early Bird Registration Rates apply through April 15. Registration and more information may be found at

The 2019 Annual Convention is presented by Destinations International with the support of the Destinations International Foundation. Destinations International is grateful for the support of our Pinnacle Partners: Brand USA, Miles Partnership and Simpleview; our Premier Partners: Longwoods International, MMGY Global and Tempest and our Annual Convention 2019 Sponsors to date: ADARA, Arrivalist, ASAE, CFO by Design, Civitas, CrowdRiff, Destination Analysts, Digital Edge Marketing, Expedia Group Media Solutions, Fuseideas, HelmsBriscoe, Hills Balfour an MMGY Global Company, IMEX Group, International Association of Exhibitors and Events (IAEE), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Mile Marker 630, Northstar Meetings Group, PCMA, SearchWide Global, STR and TripAdvisor.


About Destinations International:
Destinations 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