Destinations International Prize

Applications for 2022 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 participate in the Destinations International 30 Under 30 Professional Development Program.

Each year 30 individuals under the age of 30 are selected to gain valuable industry networking opportunities and increased thought leadership throughout the year.

Simply complete the nomination form to be considered for the 2022 Destinations International Prize for the opportunity to participate in the virtual delivery of the 30 Under 30 Professional Development Program.

Applications close 5pm AEST Thursday 14 April 2022.

Download the 2022 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 2022.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the Application Form, which contains two short answer responses.

    • As a future bureau leader, what do you think is needed to be successful in this competitive marketplace?
    • Taking into consideration the pandemic, how have you adapted or been innovative to support your convention bureau and the future of Australia’s business events industry?

    2. Complete the Nomination Form (to be completed by the CEO), which contains one short answer response.

    • Why does the applicant deserve to be awarded this scholarship prize and how will they benefit from being involved in this global program?

Approximately 200 words per short answer response is recommended and applications will be judged on content and professionalism.

The 2022 scholarship was proudly sponsored by the Destinations International Foundation.


For more information about future educational opportunties please contact the AACB on 1300 69 2222 or email 

The past two years have been filled with extraordinary challenges, brought on by a global pandemic. But through a series of additional challenges - budget cuts, global elections, social unrest and injustices and natural disasters - the world of destination organisations has completely changed.

Destination leaders must look for solutions for a post-pandemic recovery by rolling up their sleeves and coming together with stakeholders to cultivate an innovative approach to and solutions that will advance the good work they do on behalf of the communities they serve.

Destinations International's Annual Convention 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 organizations.
  • Diversity of thought by assembling the best minds in local insight and global expertise.

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Past winners

2021 - Stephanie Heyneke, Business Development Executive, Brisbane Economic Development Agency <View Submission>.

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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