A New Vision for a Changing World,
by Timothy Schneider,
Publisher, Association News
Angeles, CA – July 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / As meeting and event planners—and
the destinations that host their functions—are no doubt quite aware, the
world continues to change at a rapid pace. In the meetings and events industry
alone, changes include an increasingly volatile political landscape that
can affect the ease of travel to and from events or a destination’s ability
to gather the funds necessary to market their offerings; a dizzying array
of new technologies that help destinations market those offerings to meeting
and event planners; and a rise of the number of women in leadership roles
at destination marketing organizations.
Marketing Association International, the association that represents destination
marketing organizations, is in the midst of its own dramatic transition,
including a rebranding effort that will change the name of the organization
to Destinations International in July. The move came after months of research
and a renewed focus by the organization on serving members and included
a new business plan that charts where the organization wants to put its
emphasis in the year to come. Areas of focus include an increased effort
on stronger advocacy for DMOs; more research on strategic planning and
ROI; the need for education, standards and best practices; and the need
for peer-to-peer networking.
supplement, produced in conjunction with DMAI, aims to outline a new
vision for the future of our industry. It is our hope that the information
found in the following pages will provide DMOs, meeting planners and event
organizers with the insights and resources they need to successfully navigate
through an ever-changing world.
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