It’s an in-person event!
Education Summit & Vendor Showcase and Best Idea Program
September 29 - October 1, 2021 | Vancouver, Washington
For your destination, your organization and yourself
Advocacy, economics, industry best practices, career decisions and more are part of the offerings at the upcoming Education Summit. Gain insights about group sales, meeting planner expectations and marketing innovations. Learn how to position your destination organization for success in the coming months and years. You’ll have critical conversations, develop strategies, and gain the tools and resources you need along with engaging experiences and a Vendor Showcase full of experts and solutions.
Join industry peers for this in-person conference and enjoy reacquainting yourself with industry friends and colleagues. And, we’ll have some fun as well. Watch your email for an upcoming announcement in August about the program and online registration.
Please submit your entry (or entries) in the Best Idea Program to share your new campaigns and initiatives.
COVID-19 | Resources and Research for DMA West Members and Your Local Partners
In addition to working with your respective city/county agencies and State Office of Tourism, look to these organizations and firms for information as we address issues associated with the coronavirus crisis.
How to Reach DMA West Staff
DMA West’s staff office is located in California. Staff members are currently working remotely. During this time, we will not have access to live telephone answering. The best way to reach us is via email at email@example.com. You may leave us a voice message at 916-443-9012. Messages may take up to 24 hours to receive a response. Thank you.
Ask it or answer it!
We are excited to introduce DMA West's newest member service -- EXCHANGE -- the online community for western destination marketers.
EXCHANGE is the best space to participate in in-depth discussions and receive feedback and resources from your professional peers. Employees who work for DMA West member DMOs are encouraged to participate in DMA West's EXCHANGE.
Join the exchange
Ask or answer a question.
Share strategies and best practices with your DMO industry colleagues.
Active participants create a thriving online community.
Let's Get Started
- Employees from DMA West-member DMOs are welcome to access the EXCHANGE discussionsite.
- Are you an employee from a DMA West-member DMO ready to join this online community?
- When you create your account, please use your real name in the "Username" field (First name Last name). Also, you must use a valid DMO email address.
Once your account is created and approved by DMA West staff, you will receive an approval notification for your EXCHANGE participation. At that time, log in and click on your name above the "New Discussion" button (left panel). Then, click on the arrow next to the head silhouette icon (far right - across from your name) which will bring up the "Edit Profile" option. In this section, you may add your profile image and set your "Notification Preferences" and "Category Notifications."
If you need assistance at any step in the process, contact DMA West staff at 916.443.9012 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Welcome to EXCHANGE.
Visit Salt Lake Unveils New Brand for the Destination
In June, Visit Salt Lake (VSL), in partnership with Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson, launched a new brand that will serve all of Salt Lake. This new brand, much more than just a logo change for VSL, will serve the entire destination. It is being launched to build a stronger recovery for the visitor economy and to dramatically increase tourism and convention attendance. Extensive research showed that perceptions of potential visitors to Salt Lake lag way behind the reality of the destination. Salt Lake is more modern, progressive, inclusive and vibrant than travelers realize and VSL intends to showcase the story of its fresh, creative energy.
Visit Salt Lake recognizes this new brand is a key piece to its recovery. The “new visitor economy” is upon us and VSL is taking strategic steps to secure our place in it. Recently, Salt Lake has experienced a dramatic increase in leisure travel and business travel is picking up right behind it. There is a distinct opportunity to change misperceptions about Salt Lake and showcase Salt Lake’s incredible modern, fresh, vibrant destination that is truly inclusive and genuine.
“Together we’re building a stronger visitor economy that’s more resilient and more relevant to everyone,” said Kaitlin Eskelson, President & CEO of Visit Salt Lake. “We just launched a compelling new brand for our entire destination that will serve us as we rebuild and move toward a very bright future. We are passionate about our place and excited to educate would-be travelers about our secret gems.”
The new “West of Conventional” brand platform recognizes that Salt Lake is the intersection of many facets, where unconventional ideas make for a better world. Here in the modern mountain hub of the west, things that wouldn’t ordinarily go together blend effortlessly, creating an eclectic and creative spirit that brings better thinking and fresh ideas to the world. The destination’s diverse cultures, pastimes and landscapes come together in Salt Lake. The new salt crystal design of the logo recognizes that there are many facets of life in Salt Lake and VSL will use this visually to tell the story. The new “intersection” ad campaign will run nationally.