Destinations International Prize

Applications for 2021 Now Open! 

As part of the growing global partnership between Destinations International and the AACB, we are pleased to announce applications for the Destinations International Prize for 2021 are now open.

This scholarship presents the opportunity to attend the virtual Destinations International Annual Convention, and be included in the 30 Under 30 Professional Development Program

The Destinations International Annual Convention is the premier event for destination marketing and management professionals, providing a unique opportunity for professionals to connect with and learn from peers and thought leaders from inside and outside the industry. The 2021 hybrid program 'Embrace Disruption" will be delivered from 14-15 July.

The 2021 Destinations International Prize and application guidelines reflect the ongoing impacts of the caronavirus pandemic. Through an essay submission the prize receipient will have the opportunity to particpate in the virtual delivery of the Destinations International Annual Convention and 30 Under 30 Professional Development program. 

Applications close 5pm AEST Monday 28 June 2021.

Download the 2021 Application Form

The Prize


The applicant must:

  • Be employed by an AACB member in a permanent capacity for at least six months.
  • Be 30 years of age or less by 1 January 2021.

Application Requirements

1. Applicant and Nomination Form
2. Essay Submission

Your essay should answer one or more of the questions below taking into consideration the theme of the 2021 Destinations International Annual Convention, ‘Embrace Disruption’. Your essay submission should be no longer than 500 words.

  • What excites you about working for a bureau and how are you making a difference?
  • What is unique about your destination that no other destination has to offer?
  • As a future bureau leader, what do you think is needed to be successful in this competitive marketplace?

Your essay submission should be no longer than 500 words and will judged on content, professionalism, creativity and industry insight.

Please contact the AACB on 1300 69 2222 or if you have any queries.

Now is the time to embrace the tremendous disruption we’ve all experienced to get to the other side stronger and smarter. This one-of-a-kind hybrid experience is about you and the tools and resources you need to make the hard work happen. You’ll leave the 2021 Annual Convention feeling inspired, renewed, energised and ready to move past these disruptions and innovate like never before.

This year's Destinations International Annual Convention will feature a limited live in-person audience in Baltimore as well as an online audience on a virtual event platform. 

This hybrid event experience provides: 

  • An opportunity to connect peers and thought leaders from inside and outside the industry.
  • An integrated approach to learning regardless of your budget size or discipline focus.
  • Relationship-based exchanges among industry providers and destination organisations.
  • Diversity of thought by assembling the best minds in local insight and global expertise.


Past winners

2020 - Luncinda Hunter, Event Services Coordinator, Business and Major Events at Brisbane Economic Development Agency <View Submission>.

2019 - Casey Smith, Business Development Manager, Adelaide Convention Bureau <View Submission>.

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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Barton, ACT 2600
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