The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), Qantas and Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) awarded Liz Hafner, Business Development Manager at Business Events Tasmania with the 2015 DMAI Prize.
This opportunity allowed Liz attend the DMAI Annual Convention, “Leave the Path, Blaze a Trail”, 14-17 July in Austin, Texas USA. The prize, aimed at a junior level convention bureaux staff, requires applicants to submit a YouTube video (link below) showcasing what excites them about working for their bureau, what is unique about their destination and what they think is needed to be successful in the marketplace.
The judges, Karen Gonzales of DMAI, Jenny Viali of Qantas and Andrew Hiebl of AACB, had a difficult time deciding from the finalists.
AACB Executive Director, Andrew Hiebl said, “Developing bureaux staff and future leaders is central to member value. The DMAI prize allows junior level staff to network, learn and develop with industry leaders from around the world. We are pleased to continue this opportunity with the support of DMAI and Qantas.”
Qantas Tourism Development Executive, Jennifer Viali added, “Qantas was delighted to see the very high standard of submissions for the DMAI prize. We congratulate Liz Hafner on this achievement. Qantas is delighted to continue to support the AACB education and scholarship program and to help ensure the future of the industry is in good hands.”
Michael Gehrisch, President and CEO of DMAI highlighted that, “Professional development of destination marketing organisation professionals is at the heart of DMAI’s agenda. We provide our members with the most cutting-edge educational resources and networking opportunities worldwide. Combining this philosophy with our ever increasing international participation makes a partnership with AACB common sense.”
DMAI Prize winner, Liz Hafner expressed, “The Prize is an amazing professional development opportunity. Whilst the original thought of producing a YouTube submission was a little daunting, I am so pleased I challenged myself and have gained so much from the experience. It was an honour to attend the DMAI Convention and I am thankful for the opportunity in learning, connecting and exploring with other industry professionals.”
As recipient of the award, Liz will share knowledge and insights from the DMAI Convention with fellow bureaux colleagues at the 26th AACB Staff Conference, 9-11 September in Newcastle, NSW.