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Development Counsellors International (DCI)

Development Counsellors International (DCI)

215 Park Ave. South, Suite 1403, New York, NY 10003


[email protected]

Economic development, talent attraction and tourism.

Employees: 85. Founded: 1960.

Agency Statement:

One Agency. Three Specialized Practice Areas. Development Counsellors International (DCI) focuses exclusively on economic development, talent attraction, and tourism marketing for places around the world. We bring practical knowledge of how to funnel a positive travel experience into the pipeline to advance talent recruiting and lure future business investment and development. DCI has offices in the U.S. and Canada, and is globally connected through TAAN Worldwide, a network of 46 agencies in 29 countries.

Karyl Leigh Barnes, pres./tourism practice; Julie Curtin, pres./economic dev. practice; Daniella Middleton, partner; Susan Brake, partner

Clients Include:

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
Belize Tourism Board
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Columbus Region
Explore St. Louis
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Florida Power & Light
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Invest Puerto Rico
Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency
Select Greater Philadelphia
The Site Selectors Guild
Visit Baltimore
Visit Florida
Visit Monaco
Visit San Antonio
Visit Scotland
Visit Seattle
Wake County Economic Development

Development Counsellors International (DCI) in the news with O'Dwyer's:

On the Move: DCI Promotes Brake and Middleton to Partners

Fri., Oct. 13, 2023

... Susan Brake, Daniella Middleton Development Counsellors International promotes senior VPs Susan Brake and Daniella Middleton to partners in the firm....

Development Counsellors Touts Israeli Tourism

Tue., Apr. 25, 2023

... The Israel Ministry of Tourism has hired Development Counsellors International to bolster the country’s profile as a tourist destination. Israel, which celebrates its 75th...

On the Move: Nike Promotes Wilkins to CCO

Thu., Apr. 6, 2023

...within direct-to-consumer finance—made her the perfect fit,” said Yieldstreet founder and CEO Milind Mehere. Pamela Laite Development Counsellors International appoints Pamela Laite as director of business events. Laite has been with the DCI...

On the Move: DCI Names Fairbrother VP, Talent Attraction

Tue., Mar. 28, 2023

... Patience Fairbrother Development Counsellors International appoints Patience Fairbrother VP, talent attraction. Fairbrother, who has been with DCI since 2014,...

News of Firms: Wunderlich Kaplan to Open in Riyadh

Thu., Feb. 9, 2023

...thrilled to expand our agency's presence in the country,” WKC chief executive officer Gwen Wunderlich. Development Counsellors International launches C Studios, a sister agency that is a collaboration with Belfast-based OCO Global. Based...

On the Move: Development Counsellors Ups Leska

Fri., Dec. 16, 2022

... Kayla Leska Development Counsellors International promotes Kayla Leska to VP of public relations in its tourism practice. Leska has been...

On the Move: Corcoran Quits Real Chemistry for BCW

Thu., Mar. 31, 2022 the firm and complements the depth and expertise we currently have," said Walek. Katherine Saunders Development Counsellors International promotes Katherine Saunders to executive vice president, client strategy. Saunders most recently served...

On the Move: H+K Puts Abhishek Gulyani in Charge of India

Mon., May 18, 2020

...while building H+K India’s client base and introducing new offerings from the global network. Daniella Middleton Development Counsellors International has promoted Daniella Middleton to senior vice president of its tourism practice. Middleton has been...

On the Move: Feldman Takes Managing Director Post at Allison+Partners

Fri., Jan. 31, 2020 executive vice president. All will report to Tom Smith, president, Corporate, North America. Kayla Leska Development Counsellors International has promoted Kayla Leska to managing director of tourism public relations. Leska has been...

Events: Former PRSA CEO Procter-Rogers to Keynote Museum of PR's Black PR History Event

Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

...Gold Adrian Award winners in the public relations categories include Laura Davidson Public Relations, Development Counsellors International, Hemsworth Communications, MMGY NJF, MMGY Myriad, The Decker/Royal Agency and The Brandman Agency....

People: Golin Ups Carrie von der Sitt to Head of Growth

Tue., Dec. 10, 2019 active role in identifying, pursuing and leading new and organic business development opportunities. Katherine Saunders Development Counsellors International has promoted Katherine Saunders to senior vice president from vice president, economic development....

On the Move: H+K Expands Duties of Richard Millar, Lars Erik Grønntun; Markstein Names Keelie Segars CEO; DCI Hires Beth Miller as VP-Media Relations; BoardRoomPR Elevates Todd Templin to Equity Partner

Thu., Sep. 26, 2019

...launch strategic industry alliances intended to elevate the agency’s stature beyond its local markets. Beth Miller Development Counsellors International has hired Beth Miller as vice president of media relations. Miller comes to...

On the Move: APCO Puts Theo Moore in Charge of Brussels; Markstein Adds Nina Iorg; DCI Tabs Rebecca Gehman as Talent Attractor

Wed., Apr. 3, 2019

...Iorg will lead Markstein’s digital influence team in its Birmingham and Washington, D.C. offices.  Rebecca Gehman Development Counsellors International has named Rebecca Gehman managing director of talent attraction. Gehman has been with DCI since 2012....

People on the Move

Tue., May 1, 2018

...her,” said Joel Johnson, managing director and head of GPG’s Government Relations division. Dariel Y. Curren Development Counsellors International has promoted Dariel Y. Curren to executive vice president. Curren joined DCI in...

People on the Move

Fri., Jan. 19, 2018

...this evolution and how to address these challenges to deliver the best results possible.” Julie Curtin Development Counsellors International has named Julie Curtin president, economic development and Karyl Leigh Barnes president, tourism. Both are partners and previously...

DCI Elevates Duncan to VP

Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

... Steve Duncan Travel and economic development PR powerhouse Development Counsellors International has promoted Steve Duncan to the role of vice president in the agency’s...

How Changing US Demographics Affect Travel PR Pros

Tue., Jul. 18, 2017

...of today and tomorrow. *** Karyl Leigh Barnes is Managing Partner of the Tourism Practice at Development Counsellors International (DCI)....

Barbados Brings on DCI

Thu., Jun. 8, 2017

...Travel and economic development PR powerhouse Development Counsellors International has been named North American PR agency of record for Barbados Tourism Marketing...

PRSA Counselors Academy Speakers Post Content

Thu., May 11, 2017

...purpose,” saying it was “the most powerful thing she had ever done.”--Julie Curtin of Development Counsellors described career tracks for PR firms. The program had more than 40 speakers. Attendance was...

Weill Reps Denmark DOT

Fri., May 5, 2017

...and length of the contract were not disclosed. Visit Denmark has held PR pacts with Development Counsellors International, The Dilenschneider Group and M Booth & Associates....

Turner Expands to Miami

Thu., Mar. 9, 2017

...bilingual service capabilities. Naureen Kazi Kazi came to Turner from economic development and travel PR agency Development Counsellors International, which she joined in 2010 and served as vice president, and handled tourism...

Bamford Leads DCI Toronto Outpost

Tue., Sep. 13, 2016

... Michelle Bamford Travel and economic development PR powerhouse Development Counsellors International has hired Michelle Bamford to lead its Toronto office. Bamford joins DCI from the Walt...

DCI, Huntington Beach Take Top PR Adrian Award

Thu., Feb. 18, 2016

... Development Counsellors International and client Visit Huntington Beach took home "Best in Show" honors in PR...

DCI Drafts Lee for VP

Wed., Feb. 3, 2016

...Economic development and travel PR agency Development Counsellors International has promoted Judy Lee to the role of vice president. Judy Lee Lee, who joined...

DCI Handles Hangzhou Tourism

Fri., Jan. 29, 2016

...body overseeing tourism for the city of Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang Province, has named Development Counsellors International agency of record for the purpose of positioning that city as a tourism...

New Mexico Reviews Tourism PR

Wed., Oct. 28, 2015

...RFP.  The state last reviewed the account in 2012. Tucker & Associates is the incumbent and  Development Counsellors International has previously worked with the state.  Budget is set at $100K. Proposals are due Nov....

DCI Founder Ted Levine Dies at 88

Fri., Aug. 7, 2015

...Ted Levine, founder of travel and economic development PR powerhouse Development Counsellors International, died Aug. 6. He was 88. The New York native was director of PR...

Tourism PR, Development Meet to Promote Destinations

Wed., Jul. 15, 2015

...long-term success. * * * Karyl Leigh Barnes is managing partner of the tourism practice at Development Counsellors International....

California Tourism Seeks Social Media AOR

Wed., May 27, 2015

...six social platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Sina Weibo, etc.) on a global scale of 11 countries. Development Counsellors International handles Visit California's domestic PR account, which is under review. The state claims...

Holland Hands Investment PR Pact to DCI

Tue., May 5, 2015

...The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency has signed Development Counsellors International to a three-year integrated marketing program worth $25K per-month. The New York-based firm will...

PR Firm Speciality Rankings Published

Wed., Mar. 11, 2015

...Economic Development1. Edelman, New York, NY - $21,629,3462. Zimmerman Agency, Tallahassee, FL - $9,600,0003. Development Counsellors Int'l (DCI), New York, NY - $9,079,895 O'Dwyer's published its overall PR firm rankings on...

Ketchum, Tourism Australia Top Adrian Awards

Fri., Feb. 27, 2015

...Current Lifestyle MarketingMarriott Marquis Washington, D.C. - Laura Davidson PRMCA Namibia/Namibia Tourism Board - Development Counsellors Int'lPremier Rail Collection - Lou Hammond & AssociatesThe Cayman Islands Dept. of Tourism -...

Visit California Opens PR Review

Tue., Feb. 17, 2015

...of tourism PR experience and show "financial viability for maintaining an account of this size." Development Counsellors International is the incumbent. Firms must submit an intent to bid by Feb. 27. Proposals...

DCI Discloses $400K in Chile Fees/Outlays

Wed., Nov. 5, 2014

... Development Counsellors has disclosed $400K in professional fees/expenses for its two-year Chile tourism campaign that kicked...

DCI Bags Chile Tourism

Tue., Apr. 22, 2014

... Development Counsellors International is the new agency of record for Chile Tourism for here and Canada...

Ketchum Sings Praises of Ecuador

Fri., Apr. 4, 2014

...Coast. Porter Novelli is promoting the “All You Need is Ecuador” advertising/marketing campaign launched last month. Development Counsellors International ended its Ecuador tourism work on April 2....

Ecuador Launches PR Offensive in Wake of Snowden Offer

Tue., Jul. 16, 2013

...Booz Allen Hamilton infrastructure specialist who remains holed up in Moscow's airport. Meanwhile, Andy Levine’s Development Counsellors International shop in New York has a pre-Snowden pact with Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism. It...

DCI Leads Albuquerque Biz Push

Fri., May 10, 2013

...Albuquerque has brought in Development Counsellors International to kick off the initial PR phase of a national economic development push...

PR Firms, Large and Small, Grew in 2012

Mon., Mar. 11, 2013

...16% to $12M; Fahlgren Mortine, Columbus, up 17.7% to $12.3M; Merritt Group, Reston, up 28.8% to $9.2M;  Development Counsellors Int’l, New York, up 19% to $8.6M, and Matter Communications, Newburyport, Mass., up 21% to...

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