Upcoming CDME Courses

The CDME program prepares senior executives, who want to advance their careers to blend theory with experience and application of knowledge to help industry leaders thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies.

Please note: Courses and instructors are subject to change. To receive CDME credit for a course, you must be in attendance for 100 percent of the scheduled course time.

Core Courses

Each core course is two days in length from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM each day.​
Member rate: US$1,475 / Non-member: US$2,215

Elective Courses

Each elective course is 1.5 days in length from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.​
Member rate: US$995 / Non-member: US$1,395

2022 Safety Guidelines

Your safety is our top priority. We have developed the following guidelines and require that all attendees strictly adhere to all guidance in order to make the CDME courses safe, secure and enjoyable for all. Please note: safety guidelines are subject to change at any time based on local and national health standards.

  • All attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel.
  • Masks are required during courses, and attendees must complete a daily health screening prior to participation.
  • While on-site, we request that you follow all directions from Destinations International staff at all times.
  • Please do not attend any in-person event if you feel unwell.

2022 CDME Courses

CDME Spring Courses

February 26 - March 1, 2022
Dallas, TX

Concurrent Core Courses
February 26-27, 2022

  • Strategic Issues in Destination Management
    Instructors: Maura Allen Gast, FCDME, Executive Director, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and Gary Sherwin, CDME, President & CEO, Visit Newport Beach Inc.

  • Destination Leadership
    Instructors: Craig Davis, CDME, President and CEO, Visit Dallas and Kathleen Frankford, CDME, Executive Director, Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Concurrent Elective Courses
February 28 - March 1, 2022

  • Destination Information and Research
    Instructors: Barry White, CDME, CEO, Chattanooga Tourism Company and Michael Rudowski, CDME Candidate, VP of Research and Insights, Visit Dallas

  • Development of the Destination Experience
    Instructors: Maura Allen Gast, FCDME, Executive Director, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and David Holder, CDME, President, Clarity of Place

REGISTRATION AND HOTEL INFORMATION

CDME Spring Canada Courses

May 3-6, 2022
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Core Course

  • Destination Advocacy and Community Relations
    Instructors: Deb Archer, CDME, MMGY NEXTFactor Enterprises Inc.
    Cassandra McAuley, CDME, VP of Destination Planning, MMGY NEXTFactor Enterprises Inc.

Elective Course

  • Destination Positioning and Branding
    Instructors: Cody Chomiak, CDME, Vice President, Industry Engagement, Bandwango
    Gary Sherwin, CDME, President & CEO, Visit Newport Beach Inc.

Registration will open soon!

CDME Summer Courses

July 16-19, 2022
Toronto, ON, Canada

Held in conjunction with the 2022 Annual Convention
 

Concurrent Core Courses
July 16-17, 2022

  • Destination Marketing and Sales
    Instructors: Cody Chomiak, CDME, Vice President, Industry Engagement, Bandwango
    Steve Paganelli, CDME, Head of Destination Marketing, Americas, Tripadvisor

  • Destination Leadership 
    Instructors: Craig Davis, CDME, President and CEO, Visit Dallas
    Kathleen Frankford, CDME, Executive Director, Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus

Concurrent Elective Courses
July 18-19, 2022

  • Destination Economic Development
    Instructors: Brett Oetting, CDME, President and CEO, Visit Corpus Christi
    Katherine Saunders, SVP, Development Counsellors International

  • Destination Organization Financial Management
    Instructor information coming soon

Registration will open soon!

Fall CDME Courses

October 23-26, 2022
Bloomington, MN

Concurrent Core Courses
October 23-24, 2022

  • Strategic Issues in Destination Management
  • Destination Advocacy and Community Relations

Concurrent Elective Courses
October 25-26, 2022

  • Destination Positioning and Branding
  • Destination Organization Human Resources and Talent Development

Registration will open soon!

Contact

For assistance or more information, please contact:

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Rori Ferensic
Senior Vice President of Education
+1-202-835-4089
[email protected]
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Taylor Ruoff
Education & Certification Manager
+1-202-835-4097
[email protected]