Destinations International Prize

2019 Winner has been annouced

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) is excited to announce Casey Smith, Business Development Manager at the Adelaide Convention Bureau, as recipient of the 2019 Destinations International Prize.

 This scholarship presents Casey, who is responsible for promoting Adelaide as a leading business events destination to the Sydney market, an amazing opportunity to attend the Destinations International 2019 Annual Convention, and be included in the 30 under 30s program at the event.

 Casey will join two fellow Australian bureau employees, Renee McMahon (MelbourneConvention Bureau) and Melissa Trost (Destination Gold Coast) who made the 30 under 30s program through direct application to Destinations International.

 The Destinations International Annual Convention will this year take place in St Louis, Missouri from 22-25 July, with the theme “Evolve and Elevate”. As the premier event for destination professionals in the US, the 2019 Convention provides a unique opportunity for our Australian delegates to connect with and learn with international peers and thought leaders from the industry.

 As part of the growing global partnership between Destinations International and the AACB, the reciprocal scholarship allows one of the 30 under 30s members to attend the AACB Annual Conference – Destination Business Events. This year, the AACB is very excited to welcome Roberto Vigoreaux, from Discover Puerto Rico, to Melbourne in September.

 The AACB thanks Qantas and the Destinations International Foundation for supporting this program and the industry’s future leaders.


Past winners

2018 - Eleanor Wilkie, Business Development Manager, Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef <View Submission>.

2017 - Adriana Perabo, Business Development Manager at Canberra Convention Bureau <View Submission>

2016 - Emma Perez, Business Development Executive at Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef <View Submission>

2015 - Liz Hafner, Business Development Manager, Business Events Tasmania <View Submission>

2014 - Roslyn Du Plooy, Bid Executive, Melbourne Convention Bureau <View Submission>

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