A destination organization, often referred to as a destination marketing or management organization, convention and visitors bureau or tourism board, is responsible for promoting a community as an attractive travel destination and enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, they strengthen the economic position and provide opportunity for people in their community.
Such organizations are essential to the economic and social-well being of the communities they represent, driving direct economic impact through the visitor economy and fueling development across the entire economic spectrum by creating familiarity, attracting decision makers, sustaining air service and improving the quality of life in a place. Destination promotion is in fact a public good for the benefit and well-being of all; an essential investment no community can afford to abate without causing detriment to the community’s future economic and social well-being.
- R. C. Ford and W.C. Peeper, 2008. Managing Destination Marketing Organizations: The Tasks, Roles, and Responsibilities of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive, Orlando, FL, ForPer Publications.