The Destination Marketing Association International Annual Convention takes place Aug. 1−3 in Minneapolis. The premier event for destination marketing and management professionals is being held at Minneapolis Convention Center. The opening gala helps inaugurate brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The headquarters hotel is Hyatt Minneapolis, which is located two blocks from the convention center.

Top-notch speakers for the event include Chip Conley, head of global hospitality and strategy for Airbnb. As convention and visitor bureaus determine which course to pursue when working with Airbnb properties in their cities, Conley’s appearance at the annual DMAI convention allows for attendees to learn more about alternative housing for citywides, for example. Abigail Posner, head of strategic planning at Zoo, Google’s creative think tank for agencies and brands, is a thought leader who delivers fresh perspectives to corporate culture, product development, branding and marketing. Foodie Andrew Zimmern and Twitter phenom Jay Baer are also scheduled to speak.

For the sixth year, DMAI will honor 30 individuals who are 30 years old or younger. The popular 30 Under 30 program drew 95 submissions from national tourism bureaus and local CVBs.

“Identifying and investing in tomorrow’s leaders is critical for our industry to grow,” says Don Welsh, president and CEO of DMAI. “I am confident that the program we have developed for this year’s annual convention will inspire and further educate this incredibly talented team of future destination marketing leaders.”

Last Updated August 3, 2016 – 3:11 PM