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Registration Now Open for Destinations International’s 2024 Annual Convention in Tampa, FL 

Washington, D.C., USA (March 5, 2024) – Destinations International (DI), the world’s leading resource for destination organizations, convention and visitors’ bureaus (CVBs), and tourism boards, is thrilled to announce the opening of registration for its 2024 Annual Convention.  

The premier event is slated for July 16-18, 2024, in Tampa, FL, USA, and promises an unparalleled opportunity to meet peers and gain the latest knowledge to navigate the evolving landscape of destination marketing and management.

“This year's Annual Convention underscores the critical role of destination organizations in fostering community engagement, resilience, and destination stewardship," stated Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. "With our industry at a pivotal transformation, we invite professionals to join us in Tampa for an event filled with learning, networking, and strategies for talent retention, embracing innovation, organizational growth, and much more. We're deeply grateful to Santiago Corrada and the entire Visit Tampa Bay team for their warm hospitality and partnership, ensuring this will be an unforgettable experience for all attendees.”  

"We are delighted to welcome Destinations International's 2024 Annual Convention to Tampa," said Santiago C. Corrada, President and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. "This gathering represents a unique opportunity for industry leaders to explore the vibrant diversity and innovative spirit of our city. As hosts, we're dedicated to showcasing the strength and resilience of Tampa's tourism economy, while fostering connections that will inspire destination stewardship and community engagement on a global scale."

The convention will feature:

  • Engaging sessions on DI’s identified significant issues impacting the industry.  
  • Opportunities to connect with peers and industry thought leaders.
  • An integrated approach to learning for all budget sizes and disciplines.
  • Relationship-based exchanges with industry partners.
  • Immersive corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. 

Early Registration Pricing 

Coming off a record attendance and sold-out 2023 annual convention, Destinations International encourages early registration to take advantage of special pricing, available for a limited time. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the industry's most anticipated event of the year.

Registration and more information may be found here

Additional Events Taking Place in Tampa

In conjunction with the Annual Convention, registration is also open for the Visitor Services Summit on July 16 and the Summer CDME Courses from July 13-16, 2024, offering strategic insights into destination management and leadership.

For more information on Destinations International or the 2024 Annual Convention, click here. Please check for the most up-to-date information on all of Destinations International’s events. 


About Destinations International:

Destinations International is the world’s largest and most reliable resource for destination organizations. In short - DI educates, equips, and empowers our members to grow the success of their destinations and to excel professionally. Membership grants access to a wealth of important industry resources, educational opportunities, and exclusive benefits. For more information, visit

About The Author

Gretchen Hall

Chief Operating Officer
Destinations International

With over 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Gretchen has a proven track record of strong leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy and delivering results. She is a respected leader holding positions on various travel industry association boards and committees. Prior to joining Destinations International, Gretchen worked at the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) and in the sports industry; developing and managing youth basketball tournaments across the US.

During her tenure at LRCVB, Gretchen provided leadership with several signature developments including the Grand Opening of the Clinton Presidential Center, the 50th Anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School which including the opening of a new National Parks museum and managing the $70 million renovation and expansion of Robinson Performance Hall and Conference Center. As Chief Operating Officer, Gretchen is responsible for the strategic development, implementation, communication and retention of global membership and partner initiatives for Destinations International.

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