2019 Tech Summit & Vendor Showcase

Join western destination marketers and savvy presenters for an exchange of intelligent insights and bright ideas to take back and share with your organization.

Find technical and strategic direction through these learning opportunities—concentrated labs, dynamic general sessions, lively workshops and plenty of discussions with industry peers and vendors—at the 14th annual Tech Summit & Vendor Showcase in Albuquerque.

Creative and energizing, the Tech Summit offers a comfortable, casual and friendly environment—you will be engaged on all levels.

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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.

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 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


Oakland Makes National Geographic Travel’s Best Trips List for 2019

Oakland Among 28 Best Places to Visit in 2019, According to National Geographic Traveler’s Editors and Explorers

With the publication of its annual Best Trips issue, National Geographic Traveler magazine has revealed its 28 must-see destinations and travel experiences for 2019. Together, Traveler editors and National Geographic Explorers have selected their top places to travel across four categories: Cities, Nature, Culture, and Adventure – and Oakland was selected in the Culture category. Oakland was one of only four U.S. destinations included in the list and the only city in California chosen. Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in the country, with more than 125 languages spoken within the city. This diversity has created a vibrant culture and welcoming community in Oakland, and is reflected within the city’s culinary scene, arts, nightlife and events. “Oakland was selected for its vibrant and diverse culture, and we welcome visitors to experience our culture by immersing themselves into our community and exploring our many neighborhoods,” said Mark Everton, CEO of Visit Oakland.


World Food Travel Association Releases Groundbreaking New State of the Food Travel Industry Report

The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) released its latest publication for the food and beverage tourism industry. The report compiles the opinions, suggestions and comments from 71 food and beverage tourism industry experts from 20 countries. The report looks at the performance of food and beverage tourism providers, and suggests ways they can improve. It also looks at ways our industry can better match traveler expectations. Considerable attention is given to preserving culinary authenticity, and why it is important to educate visitors, offering them a memory and not just a meal. Download the free report here.

Tourism Economics has Finalized a Summary of International Travel to the United States in 2018 and Prospects for 2019

Key takeaways:

  • Tourism Economics analysis indicates that international travel to the U.S. grew modestly in 2018, with overseas markets expanding just 2%.
  • This tepid performance is somewhat more concerning as visits to the U.S. slowed in the second half of 2018 and weakness continued for Germany and key Asian markets—particularly China, South Korea, and Japan.
  • As a result, the U.S. continued to lose market share last year as international travel expanded 6% globally across all world regions. 

Access the research here.

Newsnotes - November 2018