DMO Executive/Marketing Director Persona


A demographic and psychographic profile of an executive director or marketing director of destination marketing organizations or convention vistor bureaus in the United States.

Early Findings

  • Based on an analysis of several destination marketing organizations and convention visitor bureaus, the executive directors at these entities tend to be women. Of note, a lot of men hold higher positions at DMOs and CVBs, such as CEO or president.
  • A lot of executive directors at DMOs and CVBs in the US appear to be in their 40s to 50s (Gen X).
  • In addition, these professionals tend to be White.
  • In the US, the average salary of an executive director at a tourism bureau is $66,000.


  • Our initial research revealed that no information is available on the public domain in relation to the demographics, psychographics, and/or personas of executive directors or marketing directors at DMOs or CVBs.
  • As a result, we analyzed the LinkedIn profiles of 10 to 20 marketing directors at DMOs and CVBs to deduce their average age, race, and gender.
  • Based on our initial research, at a lot of DMOs and CVBs in the US, executive directors and marketing directors have different roles.

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