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August 13, 2020 32 min

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Our guest on this episode is Don Welsh, the President and CEO of Destinations International, the world's largest and most reliable resource for destination organizations.
A seasoned tourism executive with more than 40 years of experience in the industry, Don joined Destinations International in March 2016. Since then he and his team have implemented a strategic realignment of the association with a renewed commitment to focus on delivering the resources members need in order to be successful. 

Prior to joining Destinations International, Don served as the President and CEO of Choose Chicago, and also held the CEO position at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association and the Seattle CVB. Prior to joining the destination organization industry, Don served as senior VP for Westin Hotels at its corporate headquarters, and has also held senior leadership positions in sales and marketing for Westin Hotels and Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.

In this fascinating interview, Don shares his candid thoughts and lessons learned during his nomadic career journey - an impressive run which includes United Airlines, hotels, destination organizations and the Continental Basketball Association. He also shares his views on the importance of DMOs as we fight to overcome the crushing impact the current Coronavirus pandemic has had on so many people and organizations in the industry.


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