1 DECEMBER 2017
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David Blansfield, Executive Vice President/
Dear Meeting Professional,
The Destinations International team is hard at work preparing for our 2018 Destination
Showcase, the signature event for the meeting planner community. Expectations from your
members, customers, attendees, and exhibitors continue to grow, and we realize you are asked
to do more with less; however, we firmly believe that face-to-face meetings are not going away
Destination Showcase offers meeting planners the opportunity to connect with and better
understand how to leverage destination organizations (CVBs) to ultimately support your
vision and strategy for successful meetings.
In 2017, over 600 planners and 140 destinations convened at the completely reimagined
Destination Showcase for a collaborative and enriching day of professional and personal
development. The newly energized and important event includes more networking time,
thought leadership, and the ability to connect with more destinations.
Destination organizations are a critical component to successful planning and activation.
After all, every event begins and ends with the destination. As the meeting planner’s role has
evolved significantly over the last few years, so too has that of the CVB, ultimately becoming
the destination expert and subsequently your number one resource to help you deliver on a
successful event. Consider the CVB an extension of your meetings and events team — an ally
and advocate that saves you time and money.
Join us for Destination Showcase on February 13, 2018 at the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center Grand Ballroom in Washington, D.C.
On behalf of the Destinations International team and our Board of Directors, we look
forward to seeing you!
President & CEO
A MESSAGE FROM
Don Welsh, President & CEO