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Destinations International Announces Partnership with Saudi Tourism Authority

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 6, 2024) – Today at Arabian Travel Market, Destinations International announced that Saudi Tourism Authority joined Destinations International as a member. This landmark agreement sets the stage for enhanced cooperation between the two organizations to drive sustainable growth and development in Saudi Arabia.  

The Saudi Tourism Authority's decision to join Destinations International underscores its dedication to enhancing their visitor economy. With unprecedented investments in tourism development, Saudi Arabia is rapidly emerging as a competitive leisure and Meetings, Incentive, Conference, Expositions (MICE) tourism destination.

"We are thrilled to welcome the Saudi Tourism Authority to the Destinations International community," said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. "Their commitment to investing in and promoting tourism aligns perfectly with our mission to support destination organizations in driving economic growth and enhancing visitor experiences. This partnership underscores the vital role destination organizations play in shaping the future of global tourism."

In addition to becoming a member of Destinations International, Saudi Tourism Authority has subscribed to Destinations Internationals’ Event Impact Calculator (EIC). The EIC subscription will provide the Saudi Tourism Authority with valuable insights and data-driven solutions to measure the economic impact of business and leisure events.  

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About Destinations International:

Destinations International is the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations, convention and visitors’ bureaus (CVBs), and tourism boards. With a global network of over 7,500 members from nearly 750 destinations in approximately 30 countries and territories, Destinations International is a powerful advocate for the success of destination marketing organizations and the professionals who lead them. The organization provides its members with cutting-edge educational resources, networking opportunities, and insights into industry trends and best practices. For more information, visit


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Gretchen Hall

Chief Operating Officer
Destinations International

With over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Gretchen has a proven track record of strong leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy and delivering results. She is a respected leader holding positions on various travel industry association boards and committees. Prior to joining Destinations International, Gretchen worked at the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) and in the sports industry; developing and managing youth basketball tournaments across the US.

During her tenure at LRCVB, Gretchen provided leadership with several signature developments including the Grand Opening of the Clinton Presidential Center, the 50th Anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School which including the opening of a new National Parks museum and managing the $70 million renovation and expansion of Robinson Performance Hall and Conference Center. As Chief Operating Officer, Gretchen is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, communication and retention of global membership and partner initiatives for Destinations International.

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