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 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.

Meet the 2020 Class
The 30 Under 30 class of 2020 will have the opportunity to engage in professional development opportunities throughout the year including monthly professional development webinars, access to industry thought leaders and opportunities for increased engagement with Destinations International. The honorees originate from a variety of destination organizations of all sizes and countries.

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


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