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Upcoming Events

Destination Marketing Leadership Summit (for CEOs)
(formerly CEO Forum)
July 30 - August 1, 2015
The Hotel Alyeska (Girdwood, Alaska)
Anchorage, Alaska
Host: Visit Anchorage www.anchorage.net
Online registration will open in late May.
Registration Fees:
CEO registrant from a WACVB-member bureau: $400
CEO registrant from a nonmember DMO: $600
The Hotel Alyeska Reservations: 1-907-754-2111 or 1-800-880-3880
Contact WACVB staff at info@wacvb.com for pre- or post-event lodging information.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 • Day One
2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - General Session
6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Reception and Dinner

Friday, July 31, 2015 • Day Two
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Hot Buffet Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - General Session
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions
1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Buffet Luncheon
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Small Group Learning Activities
5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. - Offsite Group Dinner Activity

Saturday, August 1, 2015 • Day Three
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - Hot Buffet Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Marketing Idea Exchange & General Session
Afternoon - Organized Destination Activities (optional)

Annual Conference & Vendor Showcase & Best Idea Program
September 23-25, 2015
Ogden Conference Center
Hampton Inn & Suites and Hilton Garden Inn
Ogden, Utah
Host: Visit Ogden www.visitogden.com

Best Idea Entry Form

WACVB Education & Research Foundation
DMO Visitor Guide User & Conversion Study Findings

In our ever-increasing digital world, printed visitor guides--particularly those published by DMOs--continue to be an important resource for both inspiration and trip planning for many travelers.

Destination Analysts presents the findings of the WACVB Education & Research Foundation's yearlong study of 11 DMO Visitor Guides -- including who uses these guides, their rates of conversion and the economic impact they generate for their destinations.

Executive Summary

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2015 Tech Summit
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2011 Annual Conference
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"While we all belong to other industry organizations and benefit from them all, it has been the regional affinity of WACVB and the relationships with colleagues "right next door" that has sustained my commitment to this valuable association. I am confident you agree and if you're new to this business and WACVB, you're certainly beginning to realize it as well."

~ Brad Burlingame, President & CEO
Visit West Hollywood

Foundation Scholarships
The WACVB Education and Research Foundation has scholarships available for western DMO personnel. Applications and criteria here.

Business of Bureaus

“Business of Bureaus” Learning Modules
Training Videos and Handouts Available in the Resource Library

As a major project for DMO professionals, sponsored by the WACVB Education & Research Foundation, is the Business of Bureaus training video modules. The video modules are designed as internal training tools for those new to the CVB profession or those who wonder how the other bureau departments function. If you want to see the “whole bureau” picture, you’ll want to view these video modules and related library materials. The video modules serve as valuable orientation resources for new staff or refreshers for other staff.

Video Modules

  • Module 1: Media Relations & Community Relations
  • Module 2: Leadership and Management
  • Module 3: Marketing and Advertising
  • Module 4: Sales (Conventions, Meetings, Sports & Leisure)
  • Module 5: Services (Convention & Leisure)
  • Module 6: Social Media

For more information about the Business of Bureaus video modules, contact staff at info@wacvb.com or at (916) 443-9012.

The Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus is a regional professional association serving more than 140 member bureaus in the West. Our members are the official destination marketing organizations for their city, county or region.

Association members have access to industry resources and research, participate at education programs and utilize other WACVB services in support of their mission to market their destinations and manage their organizations.
Let's market the West together!