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Charles Harris receives Destination Management Executive designation

Charles Harris, Chief Marketing Officer & Executive Vice President Public Affairs of Visit Anaheim has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the destination management industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies. This year’s CDME class was recognized during Destinations International’s Annual Convention which was held virtually July 14-15, 2020.

The CDME designation is the tourism industry’s highest individual educational achievement. The program is designed to better prepare senior destination organization professionals to become more effective organizational and community leaders and to identify and respond to the constant change and increasing competition in the industry.

“Congratulations to those who have earned their CDME credential, the tourism industry’s highest individual achievement.” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “These leaders are now equipped with the knowledge needed to adapt to and manage the increasing change and competition facing our industry.”

“The communities that we serve can’t afford to stand still, and neither can we as destination leaders,” said Maura Gast, FCDME, Executive Director of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau and the CDME Board Chair. “The CDME program pushes us to ‘think beyond our mandate and act beyond our tenure’ and to see our roles in our communities’ viability as something much bigger, and something much more integral to the community fabric.”

For more information about CDME or Destinations International, visit www.destinationsinternational.org.