Kristin Wing Selected for 30 Under 30 Program
ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 25, 2014) - Kristin Wing, manager of tourism development with the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB), has been selected as one of the 2014 recipients for the "30 Under 30" program from Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), along with founding program partner SearchWide, and supporting sponsors IMEX and USAE.
“It is a great tribute to have someone in our organization recognized as one of the up and coming visitor industry leaders,” said Jay Burress, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau president and CEO. “In order for our industry to keep pace with technology and consumer trends we must foster a culture of growth for tomorrow’s innovators.”
Now in its fourth year, the "30 Under 30" program focuses on identifying and developing the talent of destination marketing professionals, 30 years of age and under, through increased access and exposure to industry networking and thought leadership. A year-round program, the 30 under 30 Class of 2014 will convene for the first time at DMAI’s Annual Convention held July 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout the year, participants will engage in a variety of professional development and volunteer activities for sustained industry engagement.
"The travel and tourism industry directly employs 101 million people around the world, and it is estimated to generate 24 million new jobs globally by 2023,” said Michael D. Gehrisch, DMAI's president and CEO. “Recruiting and retaining a diverse group of talent will be critical to DMAI’s mission of protecting and advancing the success of destination marketing organizations worldwide.”
Wing began her career in the hospitality industry in Malmö, Sweden at The Renaissance Malmö Hotel (of the Marriott Company). She joined the tourism team at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau as tourism e-marketing coordinator and was quickly promoted to manager where she is responsible for domestic sales, including trainings, AOCVCB partner participation, networking events, trade shows, community relations and budgeting.
"There are so many intelligent, creative and aspiring young professionals in today’s DMO community that I am honored to be a part of the DMAI 30 Under 30 Class of 2014,” stated Wing. “I would not be here today without the strong, inspiring support of the many mentors I have the pleasure of working with the last few years."