The Destinations Council represents more than 350 U.S. Travel Association destination marketing organization (DMO) and convention and visitors bureau (CVB) members, whose purpose is to enhance the effectiveness of DMO professionals through the annual program of work created by the Destinations Council’s Board of Advisors.
The Destinations Council connects DMOs and CVBs and serves as champions who support and assist U.S. Travel in its national grassroots advocacy efforts. Educate and network, advocate, and inform are the main task forces that drive the council’s initiatives.
As a U.S. Travel member, any destination marketing organization can participate in the Destinations Council community and reap the benefits:
- Exchanging best practices and learning from peers at ESTO, the nation’s leading educational and networking event, by attending the Destinations Council’s annual meeting and professional development sessions.
- Participating in valuable free ESTO marketing webinars all year-long.
- Holding a rally or event during National Travel and Tourism Week, the annual salute to travel and tourism in America.
- Attending IPW, the industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S., and learning from associates at the IPW marketing session.
- Creating a one-of-a-kind mentorship program, the Emerging Leaders Program, aimed at providing developing professionals enhanced opportunities to grow leadership skills and advance their careers in the travel industry.
- Representing the Destinations Council at all U.S. Travel board meetings.
- Leveraging the collective strength of the industry to influence policy on travel-related issues at Destination Capitol Hill, the U.S. travel industry’s notable legislative fly-in.
- Amplifying the voice of destinations in Washington, D.C. by joining in U.S. Travel’s efforts to reform travel policies.
- Utilizing member tools like the new Travel Economic Impact Calculator for the City Level (U.S. Travel login required), which shows the direct impact of a change in traveler spending on a destination's economy.
- Receiving the quarterly Destinations Brief newsletter, which provides useful industry news and updates.
- Gaining access to authoritative industry research on the latest travel trends and forecasts that affect marketing decisions.
- Participating in the annual Destiny Awards, which showcases creative accomplishments in tourism marketing and promotion.