30 Under 30
30 Under 30 2018 Group Shot

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.

30 Under 30 is supported by the Destinations International Foundation. Now in its 10th 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 Pandora.

Read the recent article highlighting our 30 Under 30 class by our program media sponsor, Northstar Meetings Group.

Meet the 2020 Class

  • Christina Amrhein, VISIT FLORIDA
  • Lisa Baird, Visit Oakland
  • Rebekah Baughman, Kansas City KS Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Meg Berno, Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Tyler Edic, Visit Savannah
  • Christine Felton, Visit Austin
  • Stephanie Fred, Visit Tampa Bay
  • Taylor Fry, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Taylor Greenwalt, Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Michael Hensley, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Diana Kelterborn, Visit Loudoun
  • Wesley Kirkpatrick, Visit Anaheim
  • Kylie Leslie, Visit Phoenix
  • Tiffany Lutka, DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Courtney Manson, Travel Alberta
  • Ronneisha Mayo, Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Jordan McCauley, Travel Oregon
  • Michelle McKenzie, Visit Vancouver USA
  • Jonathan Neis, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Hayley Radich, Travel Lane County
  • Erica Riddle, Destination DC
  • Amelia Ritter, Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Amanda Scherlin, Visit Casper
  • Erin Setter, Brand USA
  • Ryan Shehu, Visit Ithaca
  • Steph Snelling, Destination Greater Victoria
  • Taylor Stanley, Visit Lake Charles
  • Michelle Vilas, Discover Puerto Rico
  • Jessie Walker, Visit Baltimore
  • Rebecca Wu, Tourism Richmond

Read the official news release here. 

Program Benefits

  • Year-round professional development focus, including regular interactive webinars and an online community to share ideas
  • Opportunity to help Destinations International better the destination organization community through digital engagement

Requirements/Criteria

  • 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 consecutively (part-time employment and internships included) at the time of the submission deadline.
  • Nominees must submit applications, with approval and sign off from the CEO/Executive Director of the destination organization.
  • Submissions must include written application, short essay and video addressing questions asked within the application.
  • Video submission must be self-produced using a candidate’s own devices. 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.

The Destinations International Foundation

The 30 Under 30 Program is a program by the Destinations International Foundation, which helps develop leaders of tomorrow in our industry. To learn more about the Destinations International Foundation, click here.