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by Matt Alderton | May 28, 2015
Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has announced the selections for its fifth annual "30 Under 30" list, which recognizes up-and-coming individuals in the destination marketing profession.

According to DMAI, which cites recent research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the travel industry could face a labor shortage of 14 million people over the next 10 years, which translates to $610 billion less in GDP to the world economy. Programs like "30 Under 30," it said, help the industry address this problem by identifying and developing the next generation of leaders capable of creating and implementing solutions.

"The travel and tourism industry supports nearly 266 million jobs -- one in 11 of all jobs in the world," said DMAI President and CEO Michael D. Gehrisch. "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."

Added Mike Gamble, president and CEO of SearchWide, DMAI's partner in the "30 Under 30" program, "It is clear when speaking with industry leaders that one of the biggest challenge to their growth plans is the supply and retention of talent across all levels of their businesses. Programs like '30 Under 30' help organizations attract and retain top talent, and open up opportunities for professional growth within the industry."

This year's "30 Under 30" class will convene for the first time at DMAI's Annual Convention, taking place July 14-17 in Austin, TX, and will engage in professional development and volunteer activities throughout the year. For more information, including a full list of "30 Under 30" participants, visit DMAI's website.