Applications have opened for the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals, in partnership with IBTM World for the 11th consecutive year. The theme of the 2017 Forum for Young Professionals (FYP) is ‘The future is here, the future is you!’. Opening on the eve of IBTM World 2017, 26 November and closing on 28 November, the forum gathers 35 young events industry professionals for a three-day long programme of educational sessions, networking, social activities and guidance from some of the industry’s most influential professionals.
Delegates benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of the different industry sectors, strengthen their connections and networks with peers and industry leaders from across the globe and gain experience of working on multi-cultural and buyer-supplier teams.
Anne Berrevoets, Events Coordinator for the European Association for International Education, attended the 2015 edition and commented: “The ICCA FYP was a very educational and positive experience. Having access to such an energised group of junior and senior industry professionals was incredibly motivating and the forum gave me the unique opportunity to discuss key topics with suppliers outside of a direct business negotiation; something which was invaluable.
“Not only have I have gained an incredibly strong and diverse network of industry peers, also some of us have become friends and with some of my fellow attendees I have co-founded Meetings and Millennials to keep the conversation going. I would definitely recommend any young person starting out in our industry to apply; they won’t regret it.”
Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, IBTM, comments: “As a brand we are committed to investing in the future of our industry and we strongly value our now 11-year long partnership with ICCA to deliver the Forum for Young Professionals. The theme of this year’s forum – ‘The future is here, the future is you!’ aligns perfectly with our programme for IBTM World 2017 – as we continue to work together with our partners, including ICCA to inspire and invest in the future of our industry.”
“I would encourage any young person starting out in our industry to apply to be part of the programme. I have seen first-hand the benefits to delegates, many of whom go on to have incredibly successful careers within this dynamic industry.”
Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA said: “The Forum for Young Professionals is a truly unique free educational and networking opportunity for young professionals and is a must for individuals aspiring to a career in the meetings industry.
“The mix between suppliers and buyers creates a platform for discussions, sharing of ideas and getting to know each other’s needs and objectives ensuring a greater understanding of the industry as a whole.”
ICCA Forum for Young Professionals takes place in Barcelona, Spain from 26 – 28 November 2017. Anyone under the age of 30, with less than three years’ experience in the meetings industry is invited to apply for a place on the programme via: www.ibtmworld.com/fyp. Flights and accommodation are included in the package. Deadline for applications is 11 August 2017.
IBTM World 2017 will take place from 28 – 30 November 2017 at Fira Barcelona.