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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.

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  • 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 your real name in the "Username" field (First name Last name). Also, you must use a valid DMO email address.

Create Your EXCHANGE Account

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 Welcome to EXCHANGE.

EXCHANGE Categories

  • EXCHANGE Rules and Etiquette
  • General
  • Admin/Operations
  • Advocacy
  • Communications/PR
  • Convention/Group
  • Digital Marketing
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Leisure Markets
  • Marketing
  • Membership/Partnership
  • Research
  • Services: Convention/Group/Sports
  • Services: Visitor Services
  • Sports
  • Technology

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism Wins Travel Weekly Magellan and WorldTravel Awards

The seaside city of Santa Monica has been awarded  North America’s Leading Beach Destination by the World Travel Awards and leading Eco-Friendly Green Destination by the Travel Weekly Magellan Awards. The awards highlight Santa Monica as a sustainable city – from green initiatives to eco-friendly architectural designs – set along one of California’s most iconic stretches of coastline.

“We are proud to promote the many eco-friendly restaurants, hotels, attractions and transportation alternatives in the city that allow our residents and our visitors to protect the destination and the environment,” said Misti Kerns, President & CEO of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT). “We are thrilled to have Santa Monica recognized for its laid-back beach lifestyle and commitment to sustainability.”

Home to world-class hotels, celebrated restaurants, 3.5 miles of beautiful beach, and a wellness culture all of its own, Santa Monica combines the comfort of a classic California beach town, with a vibrant, big-city sophistication.

At just 8.3 square miles, the ability to go car-free remains one of the top reasons why hotel guests choose to stay in Santa Monica. Visitors are able to move around the city via 113 miles of bikeways, public bike share programs, electric scooter rentals, Metro Expo Line, Big Blue Bus, and the electric Free Ride Shuttle. In addition, Santa Monica offers numerous eco-friendly attractions, including the world’s first and only solar-powered Ferris wheel, year-round farmers’ markets, acres of lush parks, and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.





Upcoming Free Webinars

As part of the DMA West Foundation’s mission to promote educational opportunities for destination marketers, the DMA West Foundation periodically recommends webinars for your participation.

Please see content description and link to register for an upcoming webinar.

Seven for ’19: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Destination and Tourism Marketers in 2019

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

This popular end-of-year webinar from Phocuswright and Miles Partnership is back for its third year in a row. Last year, more than 800 DMO and tourism professionals from 17 countries registered for this must-watch webinar. On December 12, our annual “year in review and year ahead” presentation will wrap up the seven major trends, challenges and opportunities for destination and tourism marketers to watch for in 2019 and beyond. Douglas Quinby and Alice Jong, two of Phocuswright’s leading analysts and thought leaders, will join Chris Adams, Head of Research & Insights at Miles Partnership, to distill these trends, their impact and what it all means for your organization. Join us live on Wednesday, December 12, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time, or register to receive the webinar recording and slide set. Either way, don’t miss these essential tourism marketing insights for the year ahead!

Register Today

Newsnotes - November 2018