2019 CDME St. Louis

20th - 23rd July 2019   (GMT-04:00) America/New_York

Saturday July 20 - Tuesday July 23, 2019

Marriott St. Louis Grand

St. Louis, MO


NOTE: As the CDME is a credential program, an approved CDME Application is REQUIRED prior to registering for any courses. Please allow 30 days for the application to be processed. For more information, visit the CDME website.


Recognized by the DMO industry as its highest educational achievement, CDME is an executive-level program for experienced DMO professionals seeking advanced professional development. The focus of the program is on strategic vision, leadership, DMO performance, community stakeholder management as well as marketing and product development best practices.

Concurrent Core Courses: July 20-21, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Destination Leadership (Instructors: Craig Davis & Kathleen Frankford)
  • Strategic Issues in Destination Management (Instructors: Maura Gast & David Holder)

Concurrent Electives: July 22, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and July 23, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Destination Positioning & Branding (Instructors: Cody Chomiak, Jonathan Freeze, and Douglas McClain)
  • Destination Organization Human Resources (Instructor: Jennifer Johnson)

PLEASE NOTE: To receive credit for a course toward your CDME you must be in attendance for 100% of the scheduled course time.



Registration for courses is processed in your Destinations International member account.

As the CDME is a credential program, an approved (one-time) CDME Application is REQUIRED prior to registering for any courses. Please allow 30 days for the application to be processed. For more information, visit the CDME website

  1. Once your application is processed, log in to your member account.
  2. Search for the event for which you wish to register.
  3. Click on Register Now.
  4. Select the $0.00 CDME ticket and continue to register yourself.
  5. Scroll through the days on the schedule and click Add to include the course of your choice in your purchase. Please only add "Day 1" of a CDME course. Your registration automatically applies to the full required duration of the course.
  6. Proceed to check out. 

All CDME applicants should have a Destinations International account. If you need to reset your password, click here. For additional questions, please contact us at cdme@destinationsinternational.org.

Cancellation Policy

We request that all registration cancellations and refund requests be made by July 1, 2019. A full refund of the course fee, less a US$150.00 administrative fee, will be provided. We regret that no refunds will be granted for requests made after July 1, 2019 without proof of a medical or family emergency. Please send all cancellation and refund requests or additional registration assistance inquiries to Tonia Williams, Registrar/Program Coordinator, via email at twilliams@destinationsinternational.org. All cancellations must be in writing.



We are pleased to offer a discounted hotel rate of $189 at the Marriott, St. Louis Grand. To book, click here edit or cancel your hotel reservation, please In order to receive the block rate, all reservations must be made by the cut off date of June 28, 2019.


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$1475 - Core Courses

$800 - Elective Courses