eTourism Summit launched the Emerging Tourism Stars program in 2021 to recognize astute individuals in the eTourism Community of digital travel and tourism professionals.

Remember the high school yearbook tag, “most likely to succeed”? That’s who we’re looking for and we need you to tap them, please.

About Emerging Tourism Stars

**Nominations are closed for the first annual Emerging Tourism Stars program. Those who are selected and not selected will be notified in the coming weeks.**

Nominate your star so they can be recognized!

Emerging Tourism Star Benefits

  • Winners will be directly connected with a travel and tourism leader as a mentor

  • Winners receive a scholarship to attend eTourism Summit on Sept. 20-22 in Las Vegas ($1495 value)

  • Winners will be recognized at eTourism Summit 2021 in Las Vegas where Emerging Tourism Stars share their stories during a panel conversation moderated by presenting sponsor MMGY

  • Each winner is featured in a personal profile article in The Travel Vertical and the eTourism Summit magazine/directory

  • One opportunity to fill the eTS Emerging Tourism Star Advisory Board Seat (annual appointment)


  • Must be up-and-coming or new to the role (no age limits)
  • Must be employed by a DMO, CVB, or attraction (no vendors/suppliers)
  • Nominate yourself? Absolutely.
  • Nominate more than one person? Sure!
  • Submission form must be completed by June 14.

Reach out to [email protected] with questions.

2021 Emerging Tourism Stars

Jake Brown

Jake Brown

Content Manager

Visit South Bend, Indiana

“I’m thrilled to be included in the inaugural class of eTourism Summit Emerging Tourism Stars. It is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other tourism professionals, learn from leaders in the industry and represent Visit South Bend Mishawaka. I’m already looking forward to joining everyone in Las Vegas for this year’s eTourism Summit.”

Sabrina Dueñas

Sabrina Dueñas

Digital Marketing Manager

Visit Oakland, California

“I’m honored to be selected as one of the 2021 eTourism Summit Emerging Tourism Stars! As Visit Oakland’s digital marketing manager, I consider myself quite fortunate to share Oakland’s story and represent my home to visitors and meeting planners. This recognition by my amazing team and the eTourism community is humbling and I’m energized to do more innovative and creative work in destination marketing. Thank you!”

Cody Gray

Cody Gray

President & CEO

Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou Tourism

“I am extremely honored and humbled to have been selected as an inaugural 2021 eTourism Summit Emerging Tourism Star. It is truly a privilege to get to represent our resilient and talented industry and I am excited to accept this award while representing Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou at the eTourism Summit this September.”

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson

Digital Communications Specialist

Indiana Destination Development Corporation

“I’m truly humbled to be selected as an Emerging Tourism Star. I enjoy every day working in the tourism industry, and I love working on such a great team at Visit Indiana. We are supported by an amazing industry around our state, full of talented people. As we look to promote Indiana as a great place to visit, study, live and work, it is awesome to know that there are so many of us working together to promote the Hoosier State.”

Maria Skrzynski,

Maria Skrzynski,

Marketing Coordinator and Office Manager

Destination Ann Arbor, Michigan

“What an honor to be nominated and selected as an emerging star in digital tourism! I am so excited and happy to have been recognized by my awesome team!”

Katie Utken

Katie Utken

Marketing and Communications Manager

Hamilton County Tourism, Indiana

“It’s an honor to be named to the inaugural class of eTourism Summit’s Emerging Tourism Stars! I love being part of this industry, serving my local community and learning from my peers across the country and the world.”

Emily Zertuche

Emily Zertuche

VP, Marketing and Communications

Visit Corpus Christi, Texas

“It is such an honor to be recognized as the 2021 eTourism Summit Emerging Tourism Star among talented individuals in the travel and tourism industry. I am proud to represent my city of Corpus Christi, Texas, our Gulf Coast Capital and am excited for what’s to come. Having served over six years in this industry has given me passion for telling our destination’s story, demonstrating the value of tourism and representing my Corpus Christi community.”