Registration Now Open for Destinations International Fall 2024 Conferences: Advocacy Summit, Social Inclusion Summit and Business Operations Summit

Premier events offer essential knowledge and skills to help destination organizations lead with innovation and inclusivity

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Washington, D.C., USA (July 10, 2024) – Destinations International (DI), the world’s leading resource for destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), and tourism boards, has opened registration for its three remaining major events in 2024: the Advocacy Summit, which will take place in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, from October 22-24; and the Social Inclusion Summit and Business Operations Summit, which both will take place in Spokane, Washington, October 28-30.  

Destinations International continues to provide training and development specially designed to help destination organizations anticipate transformation and thrive in a continually evolving environment. Each summit will look at current challenges and opportunities and offer the opportunity to explore, learn, and network among industry peers. Attendees will benefit from comprehensive sessions that address the most pressing issues facing the sector today, from enhancing stakeholder engagement and impactful advocacy, to advancing social inclusion, to embracing advancements in technology and innovation in business operations.

“Destinations International is committed to providing our members with the essential information they need to help their organizations and communities thrive,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “Our outstanding fall summits focus on the most pressing and timely issues facing destination organizations today and offer an unprecedented opportunity to learn from experts and network with peers. I’m confident that attendees will leave each summit with new insights and actionable strategies to take back to their organizations.”

Summit overviews:

2024 Advocacy Summit (Rio Grande, Puerto Rico – October 22-24, 2024) 
Under the theme “Advocate as Catalyst,” the summit will help destination organizations better serve as essential community assets promoting the local community as an attractive travel destination while also enhancing its public image as a dynamic place live and work. Through interactive discussions, case studies and practical exercises, attendees will develop skills, identify tools and gain knowledge to support powerful advocacy. This year, the event offers three immersive workshops to explore the rich Taíno heritage of Puerto Rico; survey the intersection of ecotourism and conservation against the unique backdrop of El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest System; and learn about the development of eco-cultural tourism attractions at Carabali Rainforest Adventure Park. 
(Click here for more information and to register)

2024 Social Inclusion Summit (Spokane, Washington – October 28-30, 2024)
The summit offers a series of impactful sessions and immersive experiences designed to engage community partnerships and create a welcoming environment where people of all abilities and backgrounds feel welcome, valued and understood. Through a lens of accountability, attendees will learn actionable strategies to deepen community relationships and enhance workplace culture, ultimately creating welcoming experiences for visitors. Sessions include: Fostering Community Connections for Impact; Advocacy Strategies for Engaging Local Government; and Establishing Accountability in Social Inclusion. This summit is for leaders of all abilities and backgrounds who specialize in, or have an interest in, community engagement, human resources, culture development, marketing, and inclusion and belonging.
(Click here for more information and to register)

2024 Business Operations Summit (Spokane, Washington – October 28-30, 2024)
The Business Operations Summit is a cross-functional gathering of destination organization professionals in finance, human resources, operations and technology. This year’s summit will leverage the latest advancements in finance, digital platforms and talent management, offering valuable knowledge and practical solutions to help destination organization leaders navigate the complexities of modern business operations. Join us to explore how finance, technology, and HR can drive innovation and excellence in your organization.
(Click here for more information and to register)

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About Destinations International 
Destinations International is the world’s largest and most trusted resource for destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards. With more than 7,500 members and partners from over 750 destinations, the association represents a powerful forward-thinking and collaborative community around the world. For more information, visit