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
Are you impressed by an up-and-coming colleague? Do you know someone who is new to the industry and deserves a shout-out for their enthusiasm and creativity? Perhaps there’s a social media manager who kills it day-in and day-out. Or maybe it’s a tourism partner who always has a fresh, new idea…
Ana R. Arzate
“I’m honored to be selected as one of the 2022 eTourism Summit Emerging Tourism Stars among talented individuals in the travel and tourism industry. I am proud to represent Laredo, Texas, serving my local community and learning from my peers across the country while sharing my passion about tourism and digital marketing!”
Seth Eli Barlow
Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
“I’m truly honored to be selected as an eTourism Summit Emerging Tourism Star. I’m so thankful for the community I’ve found in the tourism industry and feel especially fortunate to represent the team at the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau. I’m excited to connect with even more tourism professionals and show everyone why I’m so big on Little Rock.”
Kathryn Shea Duncan
Director of Social Media
Visit Lake Charles
“I am honored to be selected as one of nine 2022 eTourism Summit Emerging Tourism Stars. Looking into the near future, this recognition gives me the opportunity to put Southwest Louisiana in a national spotlight, form deeper connections with industry partners, and gain first-hand knowledge from seasoned tour and travel professionals. I couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity to advance my destination marketing and communication expertise, which will allow me to further demonstrate the value of our organization in Southwest Louisiana.”
Social Media Manager
Discover Puerto Rico
“It is truly an honor to be chosen as a 2022 eTourism Summit Emerging Tourism Star and represent Discover Puerto Rico at such an important platform. Becoming an ambassador for the eTourism Community is an incredible step in my professional career and I am very enthusiastic to see the opportunities this will bring and the admirable professionals I will meet and learn from along the way. I will implement the learnings acquired from this experience to help Discover Puerto Rico keep shining and growing, while opening doors and mentoring other colleagues within the organization to develop their talents.”
Director, Brand Marketing
Sonoma County Tourism
Social Media & Digital Communications Manager
Discover Long Island
“I am overwhelmed with joy over the recognition of my achievements in the tourism industry. It is an honor to be a recipient of this award, especially after a period of time that caused industry-wide hardship and required me to be exceptionally innovative and valiant. I am very grateful to my team for supporting my efforts and am proud to represent the eTourism Community!”
Reshonda "Shon" Perryman
Creative Design Manager
“It is an honor to be selected amongst such great marketing professionals and amazing destinations and to be able to represent my city and state, utilizing my gifts and doing a job I absolutely love.”
Visit Marietta GA
Visit Greater St. Cloud
Nominate your star so they can be recognized!
- Winners will be directly connected with a travel and tourism leader as a mentor
- Winners receive a scholarship to attend eTourism Summit ($1495 value)
- Winners are recognized at eTourism Summit where they share personal stories during a panel conversation moderated by presenting sponsor MMGY Global
- Each winner is featured in a personal profile article in The Travel Vertical and in a conversation on The Travel Vertical Podcast
- 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.
- Nominate yourself? Absolutely. Nominate more than one person? Sure!
- 2023 applications will open in late 2022