2019 Tech Summit & Vendor Showcase

Special thanks to the delegates, speakers, sponsors and vendors/exhibitors for participating at the recent Tech Summit & Vendor Showcase. Kudos to our Visit Albuquerque hosts for their warm hospitality. The Tech Summit provided a productive environment for the exchange of intelligent insights and bright ideas!

Thank you for being part of the 14th annual Tech Summit & Vendor Showcase. Stay tuned for an announcement about the 2020 Tech Summit dates and location in a month or so. 


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 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.


Free Webinars

April 25, 2019
11:00 a.m. Pacific Time

Creating Unforgettable Destination Experiences
Increase Visits, Revenue and Travel Brand Ambassadors

To thrive in today's highly-competitive global marketplace, destination organizations must develop and consistently deliver unforgettable visitor experiences, increase customer loyalty and inspire travelers to become brand ambassadors. Join Greg Oates, Chief Innovation Officer at NEXTFactor Enterprises, and Joe Veneto, Chief Experience Officer at Veneto Collaboratory, to discuss how DMOs can drive higher competitive advantage in today's continually evolving experience economy. Read Full Description

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April 30, 2019
12:00 p.m. Pacific Time 
Measuring Visitor Conversion from DMO Social Media Investment + Traveler Profiles of DMO Social Media Audiences
Find out what the study revealed...

The DMA West Education & Research Foundation engaged Destination Analysts to conduct a cooperative research study to measure visitor conversion and estimate the economic impact of DMOs' marketing to their audiences on major social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The combined (blind) findings from all 19 participating western DMOs has produced industry averages on DMO social media marketing impact and performance. Read Full Description

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2019 Education Summit Call for Presentations

October 2-4, 2019 | Sacramento, California

Management and Marketing Strategies for Destination Marketers
Position yourself as a knowledgeable resource at the DMA West Education Summit by becoming a session presenter. Share your cutting-edge ideas, innovative strategies, and measurable solutions to help DMOs move their missions forward.

DMA West is seeking session proposals that will help us create a dynamic program full of evidenced-based content to successfully propel the destination-marketing profession forward in the current evolving environment.

Don’t delay! Submit your session proposals by May 10.

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April 18 - World Food Travel Day 

Travel is the best education and traveling for a taste of place gives us a sense of place. According to the experts surveyed in our 2019 State of the Food Travel Industry Report, culinary culture and authenticity are fundamental and even critical components of success in food and beverage tourism. To that end, the World Food Travel Association recognized the need to create an annual campaign to spotlight the preservation and promotion of culinary cultures around the world. “World Food Travel Day” will take place every year on April 18, starting with the first awareness day on April 18, 2019. Learn how you can promote food tourism awareness in your destination!

Newsnotes - April 2019