The Destinations International Foundation and Destinations International, the global trade association for official convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards, today announced the 2022 30 Under 30 class, which is a group of highly talented young professionals in the destination organization industry.

Destinations International is committed to investing and preparing the leaders of tomorrow and developing future industry leaders that represent a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives. Each year, 30 individuals under the age of 30, are selected to gain valuable industry networking opportunities and increased thought leadership throughout the year. The honorees originate from a variety of destination organizations of all sizes and countries.

“The 30 Under 30 program remains critical to our organization’s vision and mission,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “As our industry moves toward recovery, we are especially excited to announce these young professionals as they are the future of the travel and tourism industry.”

“The Destinations International Foundation believes in building up the leaders of tomorrow,” said John Percy, president and CEO of Destination Niagara USA and chair of the Destinations International Foundation. “We are proud of our 30 Under 30 Program and for the foundation investors who make programs like these possible for our industry. We look forward to engaging with them through professional development and networking opportunities throughout the year and in the years to come.”

“We are thrilled to honor this year’s class of emerging young leaders,” said Mike Gamble, president and CEO of SearchWide Global. “As we continue to rebuild and re-energize our industry, our commitment to the 30 under 30 program and the professional development of our future leaders will remain essential.”

The 2022 30 Under 30 Class Includes:

  • Sinothando Adonisi, Researcher, Cape Town Tourism
  • Kayla Adams, Sports Sales Manager, Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Deanna Barclay, Senior Manager, Content, Visit Baltimore
  • April Brown, Special Events Manager, South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Annie Cameron, Senior Marketing Content Manager, Discover Halifax
  • Olivia Celata, Marketing & Travel Trade Promotions Manager, New Orleans & Company
  • Skylar Clark, Director, Partner Marketing, Brand USA
  • Tyler Cole, Economic Development Officer – Sports & Events, Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism
  • Zhavier Harris, Marketing Specialist, Visit Springfield
  • Danielle Keller, Business Applications Specialist, Explore St. Louis
  • Nick Kleva, Sports Tourism Manager, Visit South Bend Mishawaka
  • Krystal Kusmieruk, Digital Marketing Manager, Visit Greater Palm Springs
  • Ophélie Le Livec, Creative Design Specialist, VisitNorfolk
  • Katie Ligon, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO, Memphis Tourism
  • Brianna McEnroe, Social Media & Digital Communications Manager, Discover Long Island
  • Kellie Myers, Convention Services Manager, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Olivia Novak, Marketing Manager, Discover Lancaster
  • Kaitlyn Parham, Digital Marketing & Design Director, Cobb Travel & Tourism
  • Chris Riggins, Destination Marketing Manager, Destination Bryan
  • Mary Rowe, Tourism Sales Administration Manager, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation
  • Celeste Rodriguez, Digital Communications Specialist, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (Visit Reno Tahoe)
  • Taylor Savage, National Sales Manager, Experience Columbus
  • Amy Shen, Sales Coordinator, Destination Toronto
  • Mallory Snyder, Vice President of Business Development, Visit York County
  • Lindsey Steck, Marketing & Communications Manager, Visit Pensacola
  • Courtney Swenson, Marketing Manager, Stafford County, Virginia
  • Davelyn Tardi, Communications Manager, Discover Puerto Rico
  • Alexea Veneracion, Director of Communications, Visit Colorado Springs
  • Jonathan Walker, Sports Sales Manager, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Rasheedi Williams, Group Development Account Representative, Visit Orlando

Now in its 12th year, the 30 Under 30 program is supported by founding program partner, SearchWide Global and sponsored by Fired Up! Culture, Northstar Meetings Group and PCMA.

The Destinations International Foundation is also grateful for the support of USAE for the “Anne Daly Heller USAE 30 Under 30 Scholars Fund.” The scholars fund is intended to provide exceptional continuing educational opportunities for participants of each year’s class of Destination International’s 30 Under 30 honorees.

 

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