2020 Agenda

Tuesday, February 11

Complimentary access all week to The National WWII Museum

5:00 PM

Private Screening of Beyond All Boundaries

4D Cinematic Experience Narrated by Tom Hanks

Victory Theater | The National WWII Museum

6:30 PM

Opening Reception

Drinks, appetizers and networking

Rosie's on the Roof | The Higgins Hotel New Orleans

Wednesday, February 12

8:30 AM

Breakfast Served

Arcadia Ballroom | The Higgins Hotel

9:00 AM

Welcome to New Orleans 

J. Stephen Perry, President & CEO | New Orleans & Company

9:30 AM

Destination Marketing and Management: The Next 10 Years

A lot has changed since MMGY Global launched the inaugural DMO Mojo in 2010. As we move into the new decade, it is upon us leaders in the industry to identify the top practices shaping DMOs and help drive change to support our peers as destination marketing and management evolves.

Craig Compagnone, COO | MMGY Global

10:00 AM

Sustainability is Core to Destination Development: Let’s Start Acting Like It

The conversation around sustainability has evolved in tourism over the last year. We now look at this topic in a more integrated fashion across three distinct pillars: economic, sociocultural and environmental. During this session, Katie and Greg will talk about the changing perception of travelers, why the language we use is so critically important and showcasing some destinations that are tackling responsible tourism from all the right angles. They will close the session with an interactive survey to gauge how these issues are playing a role in the management of your respective destinations.

Katie Briscoe, President | MMGY Global

Greg Oates, SVP, Innovation | MMGY NextFactor 

10:45 AM


11:00 AM

Cannabis Tourism: The New Frontier

Similar to the craft brewery and distillery industries in recent decades, the cannabis industry is poised for significant growth as states, cities, and jurisdictions around the U.S. vote to legalize the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis products and experiences. This panel session will explore the types of travel experiences likely to emerge in the wake of legalization, and it will offer a forum for panelists and conference attendees to discuss issues such as: 

  • A DMO's role on the path to legalization
  • Cannabis product and experience development
  • Marketing & promotion of cannabis experiences

Chris Davidson, EVP Insights and Strategy | MMGY Travel Intelligence

Randi Morritt, Director of Marketing | Visit Aurora

Lynn Bruni-Perkins, VP, Global Marketing Communications | San Francisco Travel 


11:45 AM

The Mic Drop: Pecha Kucha Presentations

A series of Pecha Kucha style presentations, which means you get 20 slides and have 20 seconds to present each slide. The "fun" part of the presentation is that the slides automatically advance after 20 seconds. It's actually, not as bad as it sounds. And, we let the attendees vote on their favorite presentation and award a winner at the end of Mojo.

Janet Korn, Senior Vice President | Experience Grand Rapids

Jeff Lawson, Vice President, Tourism & Marketing | Hello Burlington

Melissa Gogel, Vice President of Marketing, Tourism & Communications | Visit Phoenix

Tracey Sims, Vice President, Major Events & Conferences, Member Services | Destination Greater Victoria

12:30 PM


1:45 PM

The Intersection of Sports Entertainment and Travel

Stew Colovin, EVP, Global Brand Strategy | MMGY Global

Paul McCallum, Executive Director | Grapevine Convention & Visitor Bureau 

Scott Schult, EVP | Visit Myrtle Beach

2:30 PM

ESTO 2020 Content Planning Workshop

As the annual ESTO conference grows and evolves each year, the event's planning committee continues to seek new opportunities to drive engaging and important content for this annual industry thought leadership summit. This year, the U.S. Travel Association is seeking the support of the DMO Mojo think tank to help drive the topics for a new, collaborative block of sessions.

Nan Marchand Beauvois, SVP, Membership and Industry Relations; General Manager, ESTO | U.S. Travel Association

3:00 PM


3:15 PM

Digital Marketing in a Cookie-Free World

Jessica Schultz, SVP Media Strategy | MMGY

Steven Paganelli, Group Head, Destination Marketing, Americas | Tripadvisor

Darren Dunn, President | Entrada Insights

Richard Black,VP, Vertical Advertising Sales | Sojern

Dave Bahlman, Vice President, Tourism and Hospitality Division | ADARA

Andrew Young, Senior Producer | Travelzoo 

4:00 PM

The Tank: Group Discussion and Dialogue

As with previous Mojos, we have spent time at the end of the day in The Tank (Think Tank) session talking about topics you want to discuss. This is your chance to have a dialog with fellow DMO colleagues on hot topics or challenges keeping you up at night. We will have thought starter worksheets for you at lunch to get you geared up and ready to participate, discuss and debate. This is all about you!

Kim Lenox, VP, Group Director, Tourism Strategy | MMGY

4:45 PM


5:30 PM

Evening Festivities

We will be taking a trolly ride to Pier 424 for a welcome drink and appetizers. We will then parade down Bourbon Street and take the trolly to The Elms in the Garden District to enjoy dinner and entertainment.

Thursday, February 13

8:15 AM

Breakfast Served

Arcadia Ballroom | The Higgins Hotel

9:00 AM

OrganizationNext: Structuring the Future Destination Marketing and Management Organization

Greg Oates, SVP, Innovation | MMGY NextFactor

9:45 AM


10:00 AM

How History, Industry and Culture Created the National WWII Museum and Its Impact on New Orleans and Economy

Jonah Langenbeck, VP & CMO | National WWII Museum

Josh Schick, Curator | National WWII Museum

11:00 AM

Closing Remarks

Katie Briscoe, President | MMGY Global

11:30 AM


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