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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/07/2024 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    CALLING ALL SMALL DESTINATIONS: Join your peers for this exclusive opportunity to connect on grant and funding strategies! This is your opportunity to ask your burning questions, share best practices, discuss what’s working well (or not so well) for your destination, and network with peers who have faced similar funding challenges in a collaborative, roundtable format. Attendees will be divided into two groups based on budgeted revenue - less than $1,000,000 and $1,000,000-$3,000,000. IMPORTANT NOTE: This opportunity is ONLY available for Destinations International members representing destination organizations funded by $3 million USD or less.

    CALLING ALL SMALL DESTINATIONS: Join your peers for this exclusive opportunity to connect on grant and funding strategies! This is your opportunity to ask your burning questions, share best practices, discuss what’s working well (or not so well) for your destination, and network with peers who have faced similar funding challenges in a collaborative, roundtable format. Attendees will be divided into two groups based on budgeted revenue - less than $1,000,000 and $1,000,000-$3,000,000.

    Facilitated by Destinations International's Small Destination Organization Subcommittee. 

    Important Note: This opportunity is only available for Destinations International members representing destination organizations funded by $3 million USD or less.

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/06/2024 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, organizations are recognizing the need to create genuine human connections and to foster places and spaces that welcome people of all backgrounds and abilities. Join Destinations International's Chief Inclusion Officer, Sophia Hyder Hock, as she explains the reason for this shift, discusses why the 13 topics of DI's social inclusion framework are critical to community vitality and economic growth, and reveals how to incorporate this framework into your strategic initiatives.

    In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, organizations are recognizing the need to create genuine human connections and to foster places and spaces that welcome people of all backgrounds and abilities. Join Destinations International's Chief Inclusion Officer, Sophia Hyder Hock, as she explains the reason for this shift, discusses why the 13 topics of DI's social inclusion framework are critical to community vitality and economic growth, and reveals how to incorporate this framework into your strategic initiatives.

    Presented by Destinations International as part of DI's Social Inclusion Series for 2024.

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

    Sophia Hyder Hock

    Chief Diversity Officer

    Destinations International

    Andreas Weissenborn

    Vice President of Research & Advocacy

    Destinations International

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 02/29/2024 at 3:45 PM (EST)

    EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK LIVE FROM MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT IN SALT LAKE CITY! Join this insightful session as we present the findings and results of our comprehensive study, "Destination Promotion: A Catalyst for Community Vitality." This research delves into the dynamic relationship between destination promotion efforts and the overall well-being and vitality of local communities. In this session, we will share key discoveries and data-driven insights that shed light on the transformative power of effective destination promotion strategies. From increased tourism to amplified community engagement, our research explores the myriad ways in which promoting a destination can serve as a catalyst for positive change.

    EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK LIVE FROM MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS SUMMIT IN SALT LAKE CITY!

    Join this insightful session as we present the findings and results of our comprehensive study, Destination Promotion: A Catalyst for Community Vitality

    This research delves into the dynamic relationship between destination promotion efforts and the overall well-being and vitality of local communities. In this session, we will share key discoveries and data-driven insights that shed light on the transformative power of effective destination promotion strategies. From increased tourism to amplified community engagement, our research explores the myriad ways in which promoting a destination can serve as a catalyst for positive change.

    Presented by Destinations International and Tourism Economics.

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

    Andreas Weissenborn

    Vice President of Research & Advocacy

    Destinations International

    Zeek Coleman

    Vice President, Americas

    Tourism Economics

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/21/2024

    As we step into a new year, the landscape for destination organizations is evolving rapidly, influenced by changing funding mechanisms, consumer trends, and global economic conditions. Understanding your organization's position relative to industry benchmarks is crucial to navigate these changes effectively. This webinar will offer a comprehensive overview of how the Destination Organization Performance Reporting platform can empower your destination organization by providing deep insights into funding, spending, trends, and performance metrics compared with fellow organizations in the industry. The webinar will also cover the platform's recent additions and updates, such as the Convention Sales & Services, Funding, and Destination Metrics sections, along with new sections on rooms to space market comparison. These updates are specifically designed to improve your comprehension and management of crucial key performance indicators essential for the success of your destination.

    As we step into a new year, the landscape for destination organizations is evolving rapidly, influenced by changing funding mechanisms, consumer trends, and global economic conditions. Understanding your organization's position relative to industry benchmarks is crucial to navigate these changes effectively. 

    This webinar will offer a comprehensive overview of how the Destination Organization Performance Reporting platform can empower your destination organization by providing deep insights into funding, spending, trends, and performance metrics compared with fellow organizations in the industry. The webinar will also cover the platform's recent additions and updates, such as the Convention Sales & Services, Funding, and Destination Metrics sections, along with new sections on rooms to space market comparison. These updates are specifically designed to improve your comprehension and management of crucial key performance indicators essential for the success of your destination.

    Why Attend?

    • Discover the Latest Enhancements: Learn about the platform's newly added sections, including the Convention Sales & Services Section, the reworked Funding section by Civitas Advisors, and the Destination Metrics section. These additions are tailored to enhance your understanding and management of key performance indicators (KPIs) critical for your destination's success.
    • Benchmark Against the Best: Gain exclusive access to data that will allow you to benchmark your organization's performance against peers. This insight is invaluable for strategic planning and competitive positioning.
    • Strategic Guidance: Utilize this unique and invaluable resource to guide the development, strategies, and management of your destination organization. Our experts will walk you through how to leverage this platform to its fullest potential, ensuring you're equipped to make informed decisions that drive growth and sustainability.
    • Interactive Q&A Session: Have your questions answered by our panel of experts. This session is designed to provide you with the clarity and direction needed to effectively utilize the platform's insights for your destination's advantage.

    Who Should Attend?
    This webinar is a must-attend event for leaders and decision-makers of destination organizations who are members of Destinations International. Whether you are involved in strategic planning, finance, sales, or destination marketing, this webinar will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to excel in the current industry landscape.

    Andreas Weissenborn

    Vice President of Research & Advocacy

    Destinations International

    Emily Scheiderer

    Senior Director of Education Sales and Services

    Destinations International

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/15/2024

    Forget strategic plans gathering dust on shelves. This webinar will tackle the execution gap head-on, exposing the four hidden hurdles that commonly stall destination organization stewardship plans from realizing their true potential. During this webinar, we will investigate how bold destination organizations like Mammoth Lakes Tourism, Tourism Tofino, Visit Grand Junction, Visit Bend, Queenstown Lakes, and more are navigating these roadblocks and the solutions that they are tapping into to streamline progress. We will also highlight creative problem-solving from around the world, share shortcuts for swift implementation, and leave you with a newfound inspiration to unleash your upcoming plan's full potential. Don't let ambition get lost in translation. Register now and transform your plan from pipe dream to stewardship reality.

    Forget strategic plans gathering dust on shelves. This webinar will tackle the execution gap head-on, exposing the four hidden hurdles that commonly stall destination organization stewardship plans from realizing their true potential. During this webinar, we will investigate how bold destination organizations like Mammoth Lakes Tourism, Tourism Tofino, Visit Grand Junction, Visit Bend, Queenstown Lakes, and more are navigating these roadblocks and the solutions that they are tapping into to streamline progress. We will also highlight creative problem-solving from around the world, share shortcuts for swift implementation, and leave you with a newfound inspiration to unleash your upcoming plan's full potential. Don't let ambition get lost in translation. Register now and transform your plan from pipe dream to stewardship reality.

    Presented by Destination Think as part of Destinations International's Destination Stewardship Series for 2024

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

    Rodney Payne

    CEO

    Destination Think

    Co-founder & CEO of Destination Think, the leading international consultancy & agency working with the most innovative and progressive destination marketing organizations on the planet. Rodney's role affords him the responsibility and privilege of leading a team that has reached the pinnacle of its industry, successfully delivering thousands of branding, strategy, campaign, content marketing & sustainability-related projects for destinations all over the world.

    Mat Woods

    CEO

    Destination Queenstown

    Mat is currently the Chief Executive at Destination Queenstown (DQ). Prior to joining DQ, Mat was head of sales & services at Cardrona Alpine Resort (CARL) and Treble Cone ski area. Mat was involved in the acquisition of Treble Cone, and securing the rights to develop into the SOHO Basin. Mat moved from CARL to join the parent company RealNZ as GM of Experience Whakatipu to oversee the Queenstown operation of the TSS Earnslaw, Walter Peak, Jet Boating and Water Taxis.

    Mat has a strong background in governance. He is currently a Director at Sport Otago, Regional Tourism NZ and Racers Edge in Wānaka. Recently he was on the board of Snow Sports NZ and the Chair of Lake Wānaka Tourism.
    Before joining the tourism industry, Mat had extensive experience in outdoor adventure sports retail, he was the managing director of R&R Sport before selling to The Warehouse Group, merging R&R Sport with Torpedo 7.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/24/2024

    With a robust presence across all 10 provinces and spanning over 30 destinations, the Event Impact Calculator (EIC) has become an integral tool within Canada's events landscape. We're excited to convene and delve deeper into this pivotal industry tool, discussing best practices and the future of the EIC in Canada. Join us for a gathering of Canadian subscribers to learn how others are currently utilizing the tool and planning to use the tool in 2024. Bring all your EIC questions and ideas for a lively open discussion.

    With a robust presence across all 10 provinces and spanning over 30 destinations, the Event Impact Calculator (EIC) has become an integral tool within Canada's events landscape. We're excited to convene and delve deeper into this pivotal industry tool, discussing best practices and the future of the EIC in Canada. Join us for a gathering of Canadian subscribers to learn how others are currently utilizing the tool and planning to use the tool in 2024. Bring all your EIC questions and ideas for a lively open discussion.

    Presented by Destinations International and Tourism Economics as part of Destinations International's Advocacy Tools Series for 2024

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

    Tariq Khan

    Economist

    Tourism Economics

    Elaine Rosquist, CMP

    Senior Director of Product Engagement

    Destinations International

    Susan Graham

    Client Manager, Convention Services

    Destination Vancouver

    Adde Mohamed

    Senior Research Analyst

    Tourism Saskatchewan

    Kaytlyn Skov

    Manager, Business Systems

    Explore Edmonton

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/17/2024

    As the industry sets sail into the new year, join Tourism Economics’ Adam Sacks for a macro-review of the international travel landscape. We'll spotlight trends to expect across sectors, and importantly, provide tools for measuring, analyzing and strategizing around them. Ample time for Q&A will be allotted, so be sure to bring your questions along to this insightful presentation that you won't want to miss!

    As the industry sets sail into the new year, join Tourism Economics’ Adam Sacks for a macro-review of the international travel landscape. We'll spotlight trends to expect across sectors, and importantly, provide tools for measuring, analyzing and strategizing around them. Ample time for Q&A will be allotted, so be sure to bring your questions along to this insightful presentation that you won't want to miss!

    Presented by Tourism Economics as part of Destinations International's Advocacy Tools Series for 2024

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

    Adam Sacks

    President

    Tourism Economics

    Adam Sacks is the President of Tourism Economics; an Oxford Economics company dedicated to unlocking the power of economics for the travel sector.

    For more than 25 years, Adam has worked with destinations, industry associations and companies around the world in the areas of policy analysis, market assessments, and economic impact. His work has provided the foundation for billions of dollars in capital investment decisions by hotel companies, developers and investors.

    Adam also manages the ongoing production of travel forecasts that have consistently guided the travel industry through uncertain times. He is an authority on measuring the economic impact of visitor activity and his work regularly informs national and local government policy.

    Adam is a frequent presenter at conferences (where he occasionally plays the guitar) and is a member of the U.S.Department of Commerce, Travel & Tourism Advisory Board.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/11/2024

    Over 200 destinations participated in the inaugural launch of Destinations International's Social Impact Assessment Tool, (formerly known as the EDI Assessment Tool). This second release incorporates important updates based on member-driven feedback including global usability, updated accessibility-related assessment questions, and the creation of board diversity and destination stewardship sections. Join us for an overview of enhancements to the tool and the benefits and competitive advantages of using the tool. *Please note that changes have been made to the tiered pricing structure. Entering organizational data has always been free; the basic reporting tier is now free.

    Over 200 destinations participated in the inaugural launch of Destinations International's Social Impact Assessment Tool, (formerly known as the EDI Assessment Tool). This second release incorporates important updates based on member-driven feedback including global usability, updated accessibility-related assessment questions, and the creation of board diversity and destination stewardship sections. Join us for an overview of enhancements to the tool and the benefits and competitive advantages of using the tool. 

    *Please note that changes have been made to the tiered pricing structure. Entering organizational data has always been free; the basic reporting tier is now free.

    Presented by Destinations International as part of Destinations International's Social Inclusion Series for 2024

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

    Sophia Hyder Hock

    Chief Diversity Officer

    Destinations International

    Andreas Weissenborn

    Vice President of Research & Advocacy

    Destinations International

  • Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/13/2023

    Destinations have an important role to play in advancing the sustainability of their geographic region. During this webinar, we will share the steps that any destination organization can take to develop a strategy that will take into account the needs of the residents, visitors, and business community, while balancing priorities around social, economic, cultural, and environmental impacts. Building on one of Destination International’s most popular blogs of 2022, Top Seven Best Practices of Sustainable Tourism Destinations, Angela Nagy, CEO of GreenStep, will host two destination leaders who are leading the way by integrating these seven best practices into their destination strategies, performance measurement, stakeholder engagement, and communications.

    Destinations have an important role to play in advancing the sustainability of their geographic region. During this webinar, we will share the steps that any destination organization can take to develop a strategy that will take into account the needs of the residents, visitors, and business community, while balancing priorities around social, economic, cultural, and environmental impacts. Building on one of Destination International’s most popular blogs of 2022, Top Seven Best Practices of Sustainable Tourism Destinations, Angela Nagy, CEO of GreenStep, will host two destination leaders who are leading the way by integrating these seven best practices into their destination strategies, performance measurement, stakeholder engagement, and communications.

    Presented by GreenStep.

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

    Angela Nagy

    CEO

    GreenStep Solutions

    William Hogg

    Account Manager, Travel Trade, International & Emerging Markets

    Destination Sherbrooke

    Emma Rowley

    Industry Relations Coordinator

    Ontario's Southwest

    Kelly Haussler

    Director, Destination Development

    Ottawa Tourism

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/12/2023

    Join Douglas Ralston of True Omni and Matt Stiker of Madden Media as they take you on a journey through the key elements that destination organizations should consider in order to elevate the in-destination information experience to the next level. During this webinar, you will be provided with an overview of where we are today and the steps necessary to obtain management approval; where things are heading, including a look at what destination organizations are doing to transform centers and experience; and the future of digital and visitor information experiences.

    * PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE FOR WEBINAR - TUESDAY DECEMBER12TH *

    Join Douglas Ralston of True Omni and Matt Stiker of Madden Media as they take you on a journey through the key elements that destination organizations should consider in order to elevate the in-destination information experience to the next level. During this webinar, you will be provided with an overview of where we are today and the steps necessary to obtain management approval; where things are heading, including a look at what destination organizations are doing to transform centers and experience; and the future of digital and visitor information experiences.

    Presented by True Omni and Madden Media.

    Please note that attendance at a Destinations International webinar is eligible for one (1) CDME Continuing Education (CE) credit. Credit can only be earned through live virtual attendance. Watching recorded webinars does not count toward CDME CE credit.

    Douglas Ralston

    President and CEO

    True Omni

    Throughout his 20 years of tenure with the technical and digital industry, Doug continuously reinforces a seamless solution for marketing and travel brand development. He focused his career on creating impactful products in order to redefine brand experience and self-service tools with companies from Microsoft, and Marriot to hundreds of Destinations around the world.   Doug's industry-wide background in automation, eCommerce, Advertising, Social, and Digital strategy equipped him to build and create software integrations and platforms for some of the biggest brands in the world.

    Matt Stiker

    SVP, Strategy

    Madden Media

    Matt has spent his 30+ year career building all manner of brands, about 20 of them dedicated to working with DMOs and creating destination brands. Having run the advertising accounts for Travel Oregon and Experience Washington, he was the first-ever Chief Marketing Officer for SF Travel, and part of his remit was reimagining and transforming the city's visitor information experience.