Global All-Stars 2020

Inspiration, insights and ideas from around the world

Keynote session: REIMAGINING the future of travel

In its ninth year at Destinations International’s Annual Convention, Global All-Stars 2020 boldly reimagined tourism and DMOs in a world recovering from the COVID-19 crisis. Two leading state tourism directors, Todd Davidson, CEO of Travel Oregon, and Rita McClenny, President & CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation, collaborate to identify the five ways tourism will be changed forever. Back by very popular demand, Signe Jungersted, formerly with Wonderful Copenhagen and now CEO and Founding Partner of Group NAO, summarized three key ways DMOs must adapt to survive and thrive in a world post COVID-19 vaccine.  Check out the resources from these Global All-Stars and the thought-provoking session, “Reimagining the Future of Travel”.

Session Recordings

Five Ways Tourism Will Be Changed Forever

Three Ways DMOs Will Be Changed Forever


Rita McClenny | President & CEO, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Rita D. McClenny serves as president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation, a state agency charged with marketing the Commonwealth as a premier travel destination and film location. A native Virginian, Rita received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Fisk University. Rita is also involved in volunteer outreach and organizations serving the Commonwealth community.

Todd Davidson | President & CEO, Travel Oregon

Todd was appointed Executive Director of the Oregon Tourism Commission (dba Travel Oregon) in June 1996 and named Chief Executive Officer in September 2004. He was inducted into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders in 2018. Under Todd’s leadership, Travel Oregon has won 22 Mercury Awards and Oregon’s tourism industry in has grown into a $12.3 billion industry employing more than 115,000 Oregonians.

Signe Jungersted | CEO & Founding Partner, Group NAO

Signe Jungersted is CEO and Founding Partner of Group NAO, change strategists within the experience and visitor economy. Before joining Group NAO, Signe led Copenhagen’s tourism transformation as Director of Development with Wonderful Copenhagen. She was the lead designer/author of Copenhagen’s 2020 strategy, which declared the end of tourism and set a course of people-based growth and localhood.

Global All-Stars Breakout Session: Stories of Survival and Recovery

This session shared inspirational stories from attractions and destinations that are setting themselves up to thrive in a post COVID-19 world.

Past Global All-Stars Sessions

Global All-Stars 2019

In its eighth year at Destinations International’s Annual Convention, Global All-Stars brought together speakers from Condé Nast Traveler, Wonderful Copenhagen and Vibram to discuss the topical theme of trust, focusing on “Trust in the Future, Trust in Place and Trust in Brand”. In case you missed the presentation in St. Louis, or want to watch it again, check out the resources here. 

Global All-Stars 2018

In this exciting session, we experienced a global storytelling journey with Airbnb, learning about the elements that drive their most compelling and buzzworthy content; heard from a world leading urban architect on the latest trends in “placemaking,” reimagining downtown and public spaces to benefit visitors, locals and businesses; and saw how Google Street View is bringing more advanced and compelling content to their platform and what this means for destinations.   

Global All-Stars 2017

The 6th annual Global All-Stars session featured three world-leading innovators in travel, technology and marketing; Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura, Vanessa Sain-Dieguez of Hilton and Varune Harnarine of Google. The session highlighted how to empower locals and visitors to share the weird, hidden and wonderful gems in every destination, discussed best practices in combining “High Tech & High Touch” in customer service and took a look at the future of the Internet according to Google including the rise of voice, AI and machine learning.

Global All-Stars 2016

Global All-Stars moved to the main stage at DMAI’s 2016 Annual Convention. This session discussed the power of user generated content and social media and the use of new technology, showcased the learnings and successes of new influencer and content programs and took an exciting, fresh look at new developments in the hotel sector, highlighting what they can teach destination marketers in targeting the affluent traveler, nurturing community, connectivity and a sense of place.