Destinations International Foundation Announces Applications Open for the 2019 30 Under 30 and Ambassador Programs


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Destinations International Foundation Announces Applications Open for the 2019 30 Under 30 and Ambassador Programs

Washington, D.C. (February 20, 2019) – Destinations International Foundation Chair and President and CEO of Visit KC, Jason Fulvi, and Destinations International President and CEO, Don Welsh, today announced a call for applications for the organization’s 2019 30 Under 30 program.

Now in its ninth year, the Destinations International Foundation’s 30 Under 30 program is supported by founding program partner SearchWide Global and sponsored by IMEX, Northstar Meetings Group and MMGY Global. The 30 individuals, 30 years of age and under, will first convene at Destinations International’s 2019 Annual Convention July 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis and will have the opportunity to engage in professional development and networking opportunities throughout 2019.

“The 30 Under 30 program remains critical to our organization’s vision and mission,” said Welsh. “The future of the travel and tourism industry remains dependent on today’s young professionals and the Foundation continually invests in the leaders of tomorrow through professional development and mentorship opportunities.” We look forward to connecting with the 30 future leaders at this year’s Annual Convention, throughout 2019 and their careers.”

“The Destinations International Foundation invests in building industry knowledge by funding educational programming for destination professionals throughout the year and by developing the leaders of tomorrow,” said Fulvi. “Through programs such as 30 Under 30, we can continue to foster a passion for learning and develop future industry leaders that represent a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives.”

To be considered for the 30 Under 30 program, nominees must submit an application with CEO approval by Friday, March 22, 2019 at 5 PM ET. For more information and to apply, click here.

Program Benefits include:

  • Complimentary registration and three nights’ accommodations during Destinations International's 2019 Annual Convention in St. Louis, MO
  • 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
  • The opportunity to extend professional development by attending the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux's Annual Conference


  • Candidates must be under 30 years of age at the time of the submission deadline (this means that candidates must have been born on or after March 23, 1989).
  • Must presently work for a destination organization, convention and visitors bureau (CVB) or tourism board that is currently a member of Destinations International.
  • Must be an employee of the organization for at least 1.5 years consecutively (internships included).
  • Submissions must include completed application, resume, short bio and video addressing questions asked within the application.
  • Video submission must be self-produced using a candidate’s own devices.
  • Nominees must submit applications, with approval and sign off from the CEO/Executive Director of the destination organization.
  • Only one individual from an organization will be chosen if multiple submissions from the same destination organization are submitted.

In addition to the 30 Under 30 Program, the Destinations International Foundation is offering two members of the 2018 30 Under 30 class the opportunity to participate in the 30 Under 30 Ambassador Program.


  • Must be a member of the 2018 30 Under 30 class
  • Must currently be working for a CVB maintaining an active membership with Destinations International


  • Attend Annual Convention 2019 on July 23-29 in St. Louis (complimentary registration and three nights hotel provided)
  • Attend all required 30 Under 30 events at the Annual Convention and assist with facilitating presentation content to the 2019 30 Under 30s
  • Be an ambassador for the program for the 30 Under 30 2019 class and beyond
  • Join the Professional Development Committee for 2019-2020. Ambassadors must attend one meeting in Washington D.C. in early 2020, as well as additional call-in meetings throughout the year. Travel expenses are the responsibility of the ambassador.
  • Help facilitate Legacy Project with the 2019 30 Under 30 Class (30 Under 30 Group decides together a project for the class to come up with that will better our industry.)
  • Assist in developing a long-term program to engage and retain 30 Under 30 alumni within the industry.

Additional Opportunities:

  • Opportunity to sit in one Destinations International Board Meeting as the 30 Under 30 Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 year.
  • Opportunity to submit a proposal to organize and facilitate a session during Annual Convention invite their class to join.


About Destinations International:

Destinations International (formerly Destination Marketing Association International) is the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards. Destinations International is about serving destination marketing professionals first and foremost. Together with more than 4,700 members and partners from nearly 600 destinations in approximately 15 countries, Destinations International represents a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association; exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people and elevating tourism to its highest potential. For more information, visit

About the Destinations International Foundation:

The Destinations International Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering destination marketers globally by providing education, research, advocacy and leadership development. The Foundation is classified as a charitable organization, under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and all donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. For more information visit