Destinations International Announces Reimagined CEO Summit to Focus on Transformational Leadership


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Washington, D.C. (Jan. 30, 2020) – Destinations International today announced that registration is open for the 2020 CEO Summit. The event will take place April 6-8, 2020 in Greater Palm Springs, CA, USA and is open to CEOs, C-suite and executive-level staff in the travel and tourism industry.

This year’s reimagined CEO Summit will take attendees through a transformational journey as they join forces with leading industry executives who believe in collaborative inspiration and growth. Attendees should expect an all-new slate of innovative thinkers and industry titans sharing their expertise, as well as increased engagement and authentic conversations with peers during curated networking experiences.

“Our industry is facing ever-changing challenges around the world,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “Destination organization leaders need to stay equipped with the necessary tools and information to move their organizations forward. Events such as the CEO Summit allow us to empower our members so they can survive in this rapidly changing landscape in which we live. We also look forward to collaborating with Scott White, president and CEO of the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, and his team to host this important event in their destination.”

Keynote speakers for the 2020 CEO Summit include:

  • Kevin Brown, a highly sought-after keynote speaker who helps people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high-performance people from everybody else.
  • Mike Walsh, the founder and CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy that focuses on designing companies for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change.
  • Heather McGowan, an internationally recognized speaker, writer and adviser who helps to prepare leaders to effectively react to rapid and disruptive changes in education, work and society.

In addition to the keynote speakers, Mark Jeffries, a former stockbroker turned author and keynote speaker will serve as the summit’s uber moderator and chief content navigator, engaging attendees in thought-provoking and critical conversations.  

During curated networking activities, attendees should be prepared to share, solve and strategize as this all-new CEO Summit takes them through a transformational journey.

All programming for the summit will take place at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa. For an updated list of confirmed speakers and to register, visit


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