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Destination Imagination Selects Kansas City for International Competition
Destination Imagination (DI) has selected Kansas City to host its 2019 and 2020 Global Finals competition. More than 17,000 young people are expected to attend, generating more than 30,000 room nights and pouring nearly $14 million into the local economy. Kansas City was initially shortlisted with two other cities—St. Louis and Louisville—before winning the bid. The event is KC’s largest current booking in terms of room nights for 2019.
Dubbed the “world’s largest celebration of creativity,” Global Finals brings more than 17,000 students, parents and educators from more than 15 countries together. Students who participate in DI spend months solving one of seven project-based learning Challenges that blend STEM learning with the arts and help them to think creatively and critically, collaborate with others, and problem solve. Students compete at local and national levels, vying for a coveted spot at the Global Finals tournament, which is held each May.
“With our increased growth at Global Finals, we want to continue providing a one-of-a-kind, creative and educational event for teams without compromising our attendees’ experience, including travel, accommodations and accessibility on-site,” said Michele Tuck-Ponder, DI Interim CEO. “We’re excited about our move to Kansas City, where we will be able to house the entire event under one roof and give attendees the opportunity to completely customize their accommodations.”
With more than 1,400 teams now competing annually, Destination Imagination made the decision to move its event from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to Kansas City, Mo., to better serve its attendees, to provide a more centralized location for its many U.S. teams, and to provide attendees the opportunity to customize their accommodations, allowing for tailored experiences that meet each team’s need.
“This is our largest booking in terms of room nights since 2008, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Destination Imagination to KC next year and again in 2020,” said Cori Day, Vice President of Sales & Services at Visit KC. “With its enormous international base, STEAM component and 17,000 youth between the ages of preschool and college, Destination Imagination is a big win for Kansas City—a success that took the entire community coming together to make it happen.”
About Destination Imagination
Destination Imagination, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Founded in 1982, Destination Imagination has impacted more than 2 million students. To learn more, please visit destinationimagination.org.
About Visit KC
Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating nearly 48,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about Kansas City, go to VisitKC.com.
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