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Solomon & Gloria Herbert Among Awardees

Destinations International, the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards, recently announced the 2 020 Hall of Fame Inductees and the Destination Organization Leadership Award recipient.

The Destination Organization Leadership Award was created in 2017 and is amongst the association's most prestigious honors, recognizing those outstanding individuals who, through their exceptional work and achievements, have made a significant contribution to the destination marketing and industry and a profound difference in the communities they serve.

The Hall of Fame, started in 2014 during Destinations International’s 100th Anniversary, was created to recognize individuals who have changed the future of destination marketing and management for the better, made significant contributions to the advancement of the industry and shaped travel marketing and management.

“These industry leaders have made tremendous contributions to our sector,” said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. “This very distinguished group has been responsible for the evolution of our industry and has had a profound impact on its healthy future.”

2020 Destinations International Destination Organization Award Recipient:

Joe D’Alessandro, President and CEO of San Francisco Travel Association

2020 Destinations International Hall of Fame Inductees:

Bonnie Carlson, CDME, President and CEO of Bloomington CVB (MN)

Solomon & Gloria Herbert, Publishers of Black Meetings and Tourism magazine

Wendy Perks Fisher, Retired President and CEO of Rockford Area CVB

Karolyn Kirchgesler, Retired President and CEO of Team San Jose

For more information about the Hall of Fame or the Destination Organization Leadership Award, 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 almost 6,000 members and partners from nearly 600 destinations in approximately 13 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