Destinations International Annual Convention Closes Out with More than 1,450 Attendees

WASHINGTON D.C. (July 18, 2017) – 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 final attendance numbers for the 2017 Annual Convention held July 11-14 in Montreal, Canada. More than 1,450 attendees engaged in general sessions, discipline-focused shirtsleeves and networking.

Throughout the program, Destinations International Association and Foundation leadership recognized and celebrated those whom have demonstrated commitment and promise towards the continued success of destination marketing worldwide. This year, 22 industry representatives received their CDME certification; 22 destination organizations were honored for their DMAP accreditation and reaccreditation; 10 industry leaders were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the 2017 Class of 30 Under 30 was introduced.  

Gary Sherwin, CDME, President and CEO of Newport Beach & Company turned over the Association’s board leadership role to Tammy Blount, FCDME and President and CEO of the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB).

In her new role as Destinations International Board Chair, Blount will work alongside Don Welsh and the global trade association's executive team to continue the organization’s work on education, certification and advocacy opportunities for destination organizations around the world.

Next year, the Annual Convention will be held in Anaheim, California, July 10-13, 2018.


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