30 Under 30
30 Under 30 2018 Group Shot

The 30 Under 30 Program is a program by the Destinations International Foundation. It is supported by founding program partner SearchWide Global and sponsored by IMEX, MMGY Global, and Northstar Meetings Group.

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.

Meet the 2019 Class

Alex Krosney
Travel Manitoba
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Alexandra Mills
Destination DC
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Allie Neal
Visit Oakland
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Asrah Mohammed
Brand USA
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Autumn Schempp
Visit Fort Collins
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Azari Jones
Visit San Antonio
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Brianna Wright
Real Racine
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Brittney Flores
Visit Albuquerque
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Caroline Ponessa
Visit Saint Paul
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Enriqueta Balandra
Visit Sarasota County
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Erica Malanga
Visit Baltimore
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Erin Craft
Visit Seattle
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Erin Randall
Oklahoma City CVB
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Gena Law
Tourism Toronto
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Jordan Musall
Hamilton County Tourism
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Juliet Velazquez
Greater Miami CVB
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Kennedy Clayton
Edmonton Tourism
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Larissa Allen
Visit Savannah
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Lindsey Bowman
Destination Niagara USA
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Luke Wiggins
Visit Rogers
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Melissa Jacobi
Newport Beach & Company
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Melissa Trost
Destination Gold Coast
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Mike Robertson
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Najauna White
Discover Durham
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Nani Almanza
Monterey County CVB
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Omar Lozano
Visit Austin
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Renee McMahon
Melbourne Convention Bureau
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Roberto Luis Vigoreaux-Cortes
Discover Puerto Rico
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Roxanne Steinhoff
Chicago Sports Commission, Choose Chicago
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Taylor Williamson
Boise CVB
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Meet the 2019 Ambassadors

Sarah Justine Leduc-Villeneuve
Tourisme Montreal
Fidel Mitchell
Destination DC

Program Benefits


  • 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) 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 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.

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

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. 


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]