HOUSTON, Texas – Destinations International has opened registration for its 2021 Advocacy Summit, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 26-28 in Houston.
The event agenda features more than 20 educational sessions focusing on funding, using data for advocacy, leadership case studies, community awareness, and equity, diversity, and inclusion.
This will be the fifth Advocacy Summit by the organization and the first time the event has taken place in Houston.
“We are thrilled to be hosting our fifth Advocacy Summit in the United States’ most diverse destination,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “More than ever before, destination organizations are the key to a community’s success, and the Advocacy Summit will equip leaders with the tools, resources, information, and strategies they will need to move their destinations further toward recovery and enhance community and stakeholder engagement. With all the dynamic changes taking place, this is a must-attend event for destination organization leaders.”
“I’d like to thank Destinations International for selecting Houston as the location for this year’s Advocacy Summit,” said Michael Heckman, newly appointed president and CEO of Houston First. “Destinations International does incredibly important work and, for years, the summit has been a great resource for our destination marketing industry in equipping our colleagues with the knowledge and tools to be incredible ambassadors for their respective cities. We look forward to hosting our industry colleagues and partners, especially at such an important and pivotal time for our industry.”
In addition to the Advocacy Summit, the 2021 Advocacy Summit Funding Forum will take place on Oct. 26. This in-depth funding conversation will tackle the current state of destination organization funding as well as the future of funding in the era of crisis response and recovery research.