RENO, Nev. (August 25, 2022) – Reno Tahoe announced today the inclusion of its President and CEO, Charles Harris on the Destinations International Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) Program Board of Directors.

“It is a privilege to be involved in the strategic vision of the preeminent global certification program for destination management executives,” said Reno Tahoe President and CEO Charles Harris. “Continued focus on improvement, development and best practices is critical to the health of the travel industry and the communities we represent. I’m honored to contribute to this important program, which will guide current and future tourism executives around the world.”

The CDME Board of Directors is made up of 15 experienced travel executives who are current on their CDME Certification. Board Members oversee the CDME curriculum, process, consistency, fairness, and make recommendations on the certification process to ensure the program is meeting the highest standards of education in the industry. The Board meets four times each year, and is active in creating content, educating, observing, and assessing CDME candidates, as well as the program itself.

The mission of the CDME Program is to offer an international standard of excellence for destination marketing and management professionals and to enhance the leadership competencies of professionals in destination organizations. Mr. Harris’ current two-year term began in July 2022.

“Charles Harris is a nationally respected tourism leader with a great appreciation for professional education,” said CDME Board Chair and Newport Beach and Co. President and CEO Gary Sherwin. “We have always aspired to have Charles join our board, which is comprised of some of the most significant leaders in our industry and we are thrilled that he has accepted the nomination. Charles’ extensive background and expertise in destination marketing will serve as a significant guiding force for the future of our industry’s premier certification program.”

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