Destinations International has announced its 2019 30 Under 30 class; the group of young destination professionals will convene for the first time at the organization's 2019 Annual Convention in St. Louis, July 23-25. The 30 individuals, 30 years of age and under, will have the opportunity to engage in professional development opportunities throughout this year and beyond. Northstar Meetings Group is among the sponsors of this prestigious program.
The honorees will receive complimentary registration and three nights' hotel accommodations during Destinations International's 2019 annual convention, where they will be formally recognized; complimentary registration for Fundamentals in Destination Marketing, the first course of DI's Professional of Destination Management certificate program; year-round professional development focus, including regular interactive webcasts and an online community to share ideas and the opportunity to apply to attend the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux's Annual Conference.
“The 30 Under 30 program remains critical to our organization’s vision and mission,” said Don Welsh, DI's president and CEO. “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."
Destination International's 30 Under 30 class of 2019
Alex Krosney, Travel Manitoba, Canada
Alexandra Mills, Destination DC, Washington, D.C.
Allie Neal, Visit Oakland, Calif.
Asrah Mohammed, Brand USA
Autumn Schempp, Visit Fort Collins, Colo.
Azari Jones, Visit San Antonio, Texas
Brianna Wright, Real Racine (Racine County Convention and Visitors Bureau), Wis.
Brittney Flores, Visit Albuquerque, N.M.
Caroline Ponessa, Visit Saint Paul, Minn.
Enriqueta Balandra, Visit Sarasota County, Fla.
Erica Malanga, Visit Baltimore
Erin Craft, Visit Seattle
Erin Randall, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau
Gena Law, Tourism Toronto
Jordan Musall, Hamilton County Tourism, Ind.
Juliet Velazquez, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Kennedy Clayton, Edmonton Tourism, Canada
Larissa Allen, Visit Savannah, Georgia
Lindsey Bowman, Destination Niagara USA, N.Y.
Luke Wiggins, Visit Rogers, Ark.
Melissa Jacobi, Newport Beach & Company, Calif.
Melissa Trost, Destination Gold Coast, Australia
Mike Robertson, VisitPITTSBURGH
Najauna White, Discover Durham, N.C.
Nani Almanza, Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Calif.
Omar Lozano, Visit Austin, Texas
Renee McMahon, Melbourne Convention Bureau, Australia
Roberto Luis Vigoreaux-Cortes, Discover Puerto Rico
Roxanne Steinhoff, Choose Chicago
Taylor Williamson, Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau, Idaho
In addition to the 30 Under 30 Program, the Destinations International Foundation has named Fidel Mitchell with Destination DC and Sarah Justine Leduc-Villeneuve with Tourism Montreal as 30 Under 30 Program Ambassadors.
These two industry leaders will attend the 2019 annual convention and assist with facilitating content to the 2019 30 Under 30 class. They will also join the professional development committee for 2019-2020, assist in developing a long-term plan for 30 Under 30 alumni and attend Destinations International and Destinations International Foundation Board Meetings throughout the 2019-2020 year.