30 Under 30
30 Under 30 2018 Group Shot

Destinations International is committed to investing and preparing the leaders of tomorrow, developing future industry leaders that represent a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives. Investing in the future generation of destination experts, 30 individuals under the age of 30 are selected annually to gain valuable industry networking opportunities and increased thought leadership throughout the year.

30 Under 30 is supported by the Destinations International Foundation. Now in its 11th year, the 30 Under 30 program is supported by founding program partner, SearchWide Global and sponsored by Fired Up! Culture, MMGY Global, Northstar Meetings Group and PCMA.

Meet the 2021 Class
The class of 2021 comes from a variety of destination organizations of all sizes and countries. This year's class, serving through June 2022, has access to professional development opportunities throughout the year including monthly professional development webinars, access to industry thought leaders and opportunities for increased engagement with Destinations International.

Program Benefits

  • Year-round educational programming, including monthly professional development webinars

  • Mentorship program, developed in coordination with the Alumni Council

  • Complimentary registration to 2021 Annual Convention

  • Access to networking with the 30 Under 30 alumni community

  • Complimentary registration to Professional Development Management (PDM) certificate program


  • Candidates must be under 30 years of age at the time of the submission deadline.

  • Must presently work for a destination organization, convention and visitors bureau (CVB) or tourism board that is a member or Global Affiliate of Destinations International at the time of the submission deadline.

  • Must be an employee of a destination organization for at least 1.5 years, with a minimum of at least six months in your current role (part-time employment and internships included) at the time of the submission deadline.

  • Nominees must have President/CEO support in order to apply for the program.

  • Submissions must include application, high-resolution headshot, resume, short essay and video.

  • Video submission must be self-produced; we are not looking for professionally produced videos by a marketing agency! Candidates are encouraged to be creative and make their video submission fun and entertaining. Additional essay and video guidelines are contained within the application.

  • Only one individual from an organization will be chosen if multiple applicants from the same destination organization are nominated.

2021 30 Under 30 Alumni Council

In 2021, we are excited to inaugurate the first Alumni Council, a group a dedicated 30 Under 30 alumni who will have a greater leadership role in the future of the program and professional development of young professionals across the industry.

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Anne Daly Heller 30 Under 30 Scholars Fund

Anne Daly Heller was Publisher and Executive Editor of USAE as well as a lifetime supporter of the tourism, hospitality and association industries. In her final days, Anne expressed the wish that, in lieu of flowers, donations in her name should be made to the newly established Destinations International Anne Daly Heller USAE 30 Under 30 Scholars Fund.

Destinations International
The Destinations International Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering destination marketers globally by providing education, research, advocacy and leadership development.

30 Under 30 stage photo

The 2018 class of 30 Under 30 honorees gather on the main stage at the 2018 Annual Convention for formal recognition.