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DMAI Out & About


Join DMAI at these October industry events. We look forward to seeing you enjoying the spirit of hospitality and camaraderie that makes this industry so unique.

October 2015

International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference – October 4 –7, Anchorage, AK
Following IEDC President Jeff Finkle's attendance of DMAI's Annual Convention, Jim McCaul, DMAI's Director of Communications will take part in the IEDC annual meeting to further promote and explore collaboration between the two organizations and industries. On October 5th Andy Levine, President & Chief Creative Officer of Development Counsellors International, will moderate a session entitled, “The Case for Collaboration: Practical Ways EDOs and DMOs Can Work Together”. Andy will be joined by Caroline Beteta, President & CEO, Visit California, Annette Rummel, President/CEO, Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB and Ben Teague, Executive Director, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville.

Strategic Planning Meeting – October 6 – 8, Dallas, TX (by invitation only)
During this two-day workshop, DMAI executives and volunteer leadership will explore and plan for the future of the DMO industry, and lay the groundwork for the 2016-2018 DMAI Strategic Plan. Soren Kaplan with InnovationPoint will lead the meeting. Soren’s approach to collaborative strategy development will include many key stakeholder, as well as 6 outside “Thought Leaders” who are shaping the future of membership associations like DMAI and the industry.  

IMEX America – October 13 - 15, Las Vegas, NV 
Stop by DMAI’s Booth (#523) and discover what’s new in the organization from Mitchell Gehrisch, Director of Member Relations and Lauren Benedict, Vice President of Sales. And be sure to catch the session on DestinationNEXT with Paul Ouimet of InterVISTAS, from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. in Marco Polo Room 806-807. Valencia Bembry, DMAI’s SVP of Accreditation and Strategic Initiatives and Executive Director of the Destination & Travel Foundation will attend the CIC Hall of Leaders Celebration on October 13th.  

While in Las Vegas, DMAI will host an invitation-only meeting of industry leaders to discuss the future of the association and align DMAI’s strategic initiatives to meet the ever changing landscape faced by our members. The meeting will take place Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the San Polo Room 3402 of the Venetian Hotel.

Skift Global Forum – October 14 - 15, New York, NY 
Join Vickie Singer, SVP of Marketing and Communications at one of the biggest creative business conference in the global travel industry. The conference is focused on top strategists, technologists, and marketers in travel, the people creating the future of travel in 2015 and beyond.

TTRA Marketing Outlook Forum – October 26 - 28, Philadelphia, PA 
On Monday, October 26th from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Vickie Singer will moderate a panel discussion on Unique Marketing Ideas in a Crowded Marketplace. Vickie will be joined by Peggy Dalman, Senior Manager Market Research & CRM, The Biltmore Estate; Diane Carroll, Director of Communications, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland.