Destinations International Announces Registration is Now Open for the 2018 CEO Summit

Washington, D.C. (January 11, 2018) – Destinations International Chair Tammy Blount, FCDME and President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau and President and CEO Don Welsh today announced that registration is open for the 2018 CEO Summit. The event will take place April 23-26, 2018 in Southampton, Bermuda and is open to CEOs, C-suite and executive-level staff.
Attendees will come together at the event to learn from global leaders addressing high-level topics such as: overtourism, destination guardianship, crisis response, office culture of the future and the weaponization of travel. Destinations International members are invited to register at 
“In the ever-changing challenging world for destination organization CEOs, professionals need to be equipped with the tools necessary to not only survive industry threats, but to create an environment for tourism to thrive,” said Blount. “Destinations International continues to empower our members with research, networking opportunities, professional and organizational development, and certification programs so their destinations can continue to excel.”
“For destination organizations, it is not business as usual,” said Welsh. “It has never been more critical for CEOs to stay ahead of the industry curve as destinations across the globe are faced with natural disasters, terrorism attacks and flash politics. The CEO Summit will equip our members with the research and tools they need to succeed in these fluid and challenging times for our industry.”

Speakers for the 2018 CEO Summit include: 
  • Claire Shipman, Women's Leadership Expert
  • Caroline Beteta, President & CEO of Visit California
  • Julie Coker Graham, President & CEO of Philadelphia CVB
  • Chris Thompson, CEO of Brand USA
  • Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line
  • Adam Sacks, President of Tourism Economics
  • Alex Wirth, Co-Founder of Quorum
  • Amy Walter, Editor of the Cook Political Report
  • Daniel Franklin Executive Editor of The Economist and Editor of The Economist‘s annual publication, “The World in…”
All programming for the summit will take place at the Fairmont Southampton in Southampton, Bermuda. For an updated list of confirmed speakers and to register, 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