30 Under 30
30 Under 30 2018 Group Shot

The 30 Under 30 program is supported by founding program partner SearchWide and sponsored by IMEX and Northstar.

Investing in the future generation of destination experts, 30 individuals under the age of 30 will be selected annually to gain valuable industry networking opportunities and increased thought leadership throughout the year.


Applications for the 2019 30 Under 30 program will open in February of 2019.

Program Benefits

  • Honorees will receive complimentary registration and three nights' hotel accommodations during Destinations International's 2019 Annual Convention
  • Recognition on stage and throughout the 2019 Annual Convention in St. Louis, MO on July 23-26, 2019
  • Complimentary registration for Fundamentals in Destination Marketing, the first course of Destinations International's PDM program
  • Year-round professional development focus, including regular interactive webinars and an online community to share ideas
  • Opportunity to apply to attend the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux's Annual Conference


  • 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 of Destinations International at the time of the submission deadline.
  • Must be an employee of the organization for at least 1.5 years consecutively (internships included).
  • Nominees must submit applications, with approval and sign off from the CEO/Executive Director of the destination organization.
  • Submissions must include completed application, resume, short bio, headshot and video addressing questions asked within the application.
  • Video submission must be self-produced using a candidate’s own devices - this basically means, we aren't looking for professionally produced videos! Candidates are encouraged to be creative and make their video submission fun and entertaining. Videos produced by an outside marketing agency will not be accepted.
  • Only one individual from an organization will be chosen if multiple applicants from the same destination organization are nominated.

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.

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Meet the 2018 Class:

  • Liana Acevedo, Richmond Region Tourism
  • Sarah Alexander, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • George Bansah, Brand USA
  • Amber Burns, Visit Philadelphia
  • Jeremiah Cook, Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Colleen Costello, Newport Beach & Company
  • Nick Cusick, Visit Saint Paul
  • Barry Draper, DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Carleigh Dworetzky, Destination DC
  • Jonathan Eckelberg, Travel Wisconsin
  • Alexa Gallagher, Choose Chicago
  • Nancy Gordy, Edmonton Tourism
  • Calista Klein, Travel Tacoma + Pierce County
  • Ali Lechlitner, Visit South Bend Mishawaka
  • Sarah Justine Leduc-Villeneuve, Tourisme Montréal
  • Ruida Lu, Tourism Toronto
  • Fidel Mitchell, CMP, Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Randi Morritt, Visit Aurora
  • Ashley Patton, Visit KC
  • Kristen Pepper, Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Brianna Prasloski, Tourism Vancouver
  • Brendan Pringle, Visit SLO CAL
  • Alex Redlin, Visit Fort Worth
  • Elizabeth Robinson, Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Chris Robinson, Visit Salt Lake
  • Robert Row, Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Michaelean Stewart, Visit Panama City Beach
  • Cameron Teske, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Tamara Thorhallsson, Visit Seattle
  • Christine Zetzl, Visit Indy
2018 Videos

Take a look at the application videos produced by the 2018 class!


For assistance or more information, please contact the 30 Under 30 program coordinators:

Caitlyn Blizzard
Director of Communications
+1 202-835-4202
[email protected]
David Breisch
Director of Marketing Technology
+1 202-835-4206
[email protected]