PITTSBURGH – Craig T. Davis, CDME, president & CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH, has been named chairman of Destinations International (DI) for the 2019-2020 term. The appointment was made at the annual DI conference held in St. Louis, MO, July 23-25. Davis has been a member of DI since 2000.
“I have been a longtime champion of the educational programs and support that DI offers to its members and I have been involved with the organization for a long time. I am looking forward to working with the board of directors to advance the many initiatives of Destinations International, as well as advocating for initiatives that will inspire and highlight the significance of the tourism industry,” said Craig Davis.
Davis has been CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH for seven years and has worked in the tourism/hospitality industry for more than three decades. He began his tenure at VisitPITTSBURGH as a national sales director in 2001. He later was name executive vice president and then became president & CEO in March 2012. In 2002, he became a Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME). The CDME status is recognized within the convention and visitors bureau industry as its highest educational achievement.
Davis said that during his term as DI Chairman, he will focus on education, international membership and diversity.
A member of DI since 2000, Davis has held the following positions within the organization:
- CDME Leadership Core Course Instructor, 2017-present
- Education Committee Vice-Chair, 2016-present
- Board Member, 2013-2016
- Destination & Travel Foundation Chairman, 2012-2013
- Membership and Sales Committee Chairman
Destinations International strives to serve destination marketing and management professionals first and foremost. Together with its members and partners, Destinations International represents a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people and elevating tourism to its highest potential. Destinations International is governed by a 27-member board of directors which directs the affairs of the association, determines policies, actively pursues its purpose and supervises the disbursement of funds.
As the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County,
VisitPITTSBURGH is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure
travel business for the Pittsburgh region.