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D estinations International , the world's largest resource for official destination organizations and convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), recently announced that the new host city for the hybrid 2021 Annual Convention will be Baltimore, MD. It also announced its proposed virtual and hybrid event schedule for 2021.

As the premier event for destination professionals, Destinations International's 2021 Annual Convention will provide a unique opportunity for destination organizations to come together virtually and in-person for fully interactive hybrid educational experience.

"Each year our Annual Convention offers networking and educational opportunities for destination organization professionals in destinations around the world," said Don Welsh, President and CEO of Destinations International. "The 2021 Annual Convention may look a little different as we adapt to the new challenges that come along with meeting safely in person in accordance with health and safety standards. We know nothing can replace the experience of face-to-face meetings and we are thrilled to host this very important industry meeting in Baltimore, MD. I know that Al Hutchinson, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore, and Treasurer of Destinations International, and his team, will go to great lengths to provide a memorable and safe experience for all attendees."

2021 Destinations International Events:

·      Convention Sales and Services Summit:

               o   April 7 (Digital)

               o   September date TBD in conjunction with Destination Showcase

                    (Hybrid - Washington DC)

·      Marketing and Communications Summit:

               o   April 29 (Digital)

               o   July 13 at 2021 Annual Convention (Hybrid - Baltimore, MD)

·      CEO Summit:

               o   May 25 - 27 (Hybrid - Tampa, FL)

·      Annual Convention and CDME Courses

               o   July 10-13, CDME (Face-to-Face - Baltimore, MD)

               o   July 13 - Pre-convention Summits: Visitor Services,

                    Membership, Finance, Operation and Technology, Marketing &

                    Communications (Hybrid - Baltimore, MD)

               o   July 14 -15, Annual Convention (Hybrid - Baltimore, MD)

·      Advocacy Summit/CDME Courses:

               o   Late October, Advocacy Summit (Hybrid - Houston, TX)

               o   Late October, CDME Courses (Face-to-Face - Houston, TX)

·      CDME in Banff:

               o   October (Face-to-Face - Banff, Canada)


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