The citywide convention provides much-needed boost to the city’s visitor economy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2021 (Toronto) – Destinations International, the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations and convention and visitors bureaus, today announced Toronto as the 2022 Annual Convention destination. This marks the first time Destinations International will host the convention in Toronto.
The convention win comes at a time when the travel and tourism industry looks to recover from restrictions due to the global pandemic, and provides a much-needed boost to the city’s meetings, conferences and events industry and the visitor economy.
“As North America’s 4th largest city, and the world’s most diverse city, it's fitting that Toronto, Canada will be welcoming destination professionals from around the globe for Destinations International’s 2022 Annual Convention,” said Scott Beck, President & CEO, Destination Toronto. “The global pandemic has shown to the world the impact visitors have in every destination around the globe. There has never been a more critical time to come together as an industry, share ideas and engage in conversations about the important work we do for our communities. We can’t wait to welcome Destinations International to Toronto!”
Destination International’s Annual Convention will be held in-person and brings together travel and tourism professionals from around the globe - showcasing Toronto to destination leaders.
“Every year our association offers educational opportunities for destination organization professionals around the world with an Annual Convention and discipline-focused summits,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “2022 will be the first year we have hosted our Annual Convention in Toronto and we are excited to work with Scott Beck and his very talented team to create a convention experience like no other. We are also looking forward to getting our industry back together for all of our events with in-person learning and networking opportunities.”
The convention takes place July 19-21, 2022 with registration for the Annual Convention opening in 2022.
“We are thrilled to bring together the greatest minds in the travel and tourism industry throughout 2022 to engage, connect and learn from one another through the Annual Convention,” said Gretchen Hall, president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and Destinations International board chair. “The impact of our industry has never been more important and through educational opportunities like the Annual Convention, Destinations International will be able to equip its members with the tools needed to continue to recover from the challenges brought on as a result of the global pandemic.”
ABOUT DESTINATION TORONTO
Toronto’s visitor economy is a vital economic engine for the city, generating more than $10 billion in economic activity and supporting 70,000 jobs in 2019. Destination Toronto’s mandate is to reflect the breadth and diversity of Toronto’s people, places and culture to inspire residents and visitors to meet, visit and explore our city. Operating in partnership with the City of Toronto, the Greater Toronto Hotel Association and the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Destination Toronto markets and promotes the city to global travellers, attracts and supports major meetings and events, and supports local businesses to maximize the opportunities of visitor spending. For more information please visit DestinationToronto.com.
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