Destinations International Announces New DBA

Destinations International, one of the largest resources for official destination organizations and convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs), announced a new destination booking agreement (DBA) at IMEX America. With the announcement comes the launch of a toolkit that establishes mutually agreeable terms to protect both the destination and the business events strategist.

Destinations International’s “Large Market Roundtable” comprises large market destination representatives, and the group has been leading the conversation for the need for CVBs and business events strategists to work together to have accountability for the booking of meetings and events since 2019. Destination organizations are responsible for being stewards of the product they represent and for maximizing success for all stakeholders. Last-minute cancelations for city-wide events create a hardship for destination organizations who must fill these voids.

“The need for CVBs and business events strategists to come together to create best practices for destination booking agreement guidelines has been an ongoing conversation for our industry,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “Destinations International’s ‘Large Market Roundtable’ has done great work to take the lead on this thought leadership that will ultimately enhance our entire industry moving forward.”

“Thanks to the work of the ‘Large Market Roundtable’ and industry partners, there is now a level of accountability for both parties involved, creating the foundation for a legitimized exchange of goods and services within business events when a destination is selected,” said Melissa A. Riley, vice president, convention sales and services, Destination DC and chair of the Destinations International’s “Large Market Roundtable.” She added, “The new standards will help us all continue to strengthen the meetings and events industry as we focus on the positive economic and social impact they bring to our respective destinations.”

The Destinations International “Large Market Roundtable” includes industry leaders from:

  • Atlanta CVB
  • Choose Chicago
  • Destination Vancouver
  • Destination DC
  • Destination Toronto
  • Explore St. Louis
  • Greater Boston CVB
  • Greater Miami CVB
  • Houston First Corporation
  • Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Tourism
  • Minneapolis CVB
  • Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
  • New Orleans & Company
  • NYC & Company
  • Philadelphia CVB
  • San Diego Tourism Authority
  • San Francisco Travel Association
  • Tourism Montreal/Greater Montreal Convention & Tourism Bureau
  • Visit Anaheim
  • Visit Austin
  • Visit Baltimore
  • Visit Indy
  • Visit Orlando
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Visit Salt Lake
  • Visit San Antonio
  • Visit Seattle
  • VisitDallas

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