100 Years of Advancing Destinations


Monday, October 3, 2016
Spirit of Hospitality Celebration; Destinations Showcase; CEO Summit, and Annual Convention

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) Chairman Gary C. Sherwin, CDME, and President and CEO of Visit Newport Beach, Inc., and President and CEO Don Welsh today announced the dates and locations for the association’s 2017 core member events – Spirit of Hospitality Celebration; Destinations Showcase; CEO Summit, and the Annual Convention.  

“Don and his team successfully set the tone for the future of DMAI during the 2016 Annual Convention in Minneapolis,” said Sherwin.  “It is, indeed, a brand new day as is evident with the thoughtful approach to the association’s 2017 core member events.”

Spirit of Hospitality Celebration - March 1, 2017 at DAR Constitution Hall (Washington, D.C.)  

Formerly known as the Foundation Dinner, this important annual fundraiser for the Destination & Travel Foundation has been reimagined to allow for greater networking and a true celebration for the industry.  The new format will feature a cocktail reception, followed by a speaking program and award presentation, concluding with a concert featuring a headline performer.

Destinations Showcase - March 2, 2017 at Washington Marriott Wardman Park (Washington, D.C.)

This collaborative and dynamic one-day event offers DMOs and meeting planners the opportunity to connect and better understand how destinations can be a leading force to more successful meetings.

CEO Summit - March 20-22, 2017 at The Westin Nashville (Nashville, TN)

DMAI’s annual gathering for destination CEOs, presidents and executive directors, connects executive leadership with peers, economic development leaders and new world visionaries to advance the leadership and performance of destination marketing and management. 

Annual Convention - July 12-14, 2017 (opening reception July 11) at Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montreal, Quebec)

Montreal is the host city for the 2017 Annual Convention.  All programming for the 2.5-day Convention will be held at Palais des congress de Montreal, located at the north end of Old Montreal in Montreal's borough of Ville-Marie.  A record 1,500+ attendees joined DMAI in Minneapolis for the 2016 Annual Convention. The Convention generated $1.8 million in spending for the Minneapolis economy, $148,000 in local tax receipts and supported 700 industry-related jobs.  

“The entire DMAI team, with the support of the association and foundation boards of directors are committed to developing high-quality and impactful offerings for our members,” said Welsh.  “Our new leadership team had the opportunity this year to witness and evaluate these important events, and have since invested significant time to ensure that the 2017 core member events promise to inspire, educate and inform all attendees.  Collectively, this team has met with representatives from more than 200 DMOs this year as part of our listening tour, and we have heard loud and clear the level of events and meetings they want to attend.”