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Millenials to head to Barcelona for Forum for Young Professionals

Jun 25, 2018

Young meetings industry professionals are invited to apply for the 12th ICCA Forum for Young Professionals, in partnership with ibtm world, a unique chance for free education and guidance from the meetings industry’s most influential trailblazers. Padraic Galligan, Managing Partner at SoolNua, is leading the faculty. The theme of this year's event is 'Building Powerful Connections'.

Hosting 35 delegates, the FYP is an exclusive event, and the intimate, informal atmosphere affords participants the chance to network and strengthen their connections with peers and industry experts alike. Lyndsey Rafferty, Association Bid Manager at Conference Partners International, said of the event: “The FYP opened the doors to honest, open discussions with the most well-respected event experts, which allowed me to understand the practices used around the world and the issues affecting us collectively and globally. I am now able to put these best practices into my own work and also have the confidence to reach out to the professionals we met for guidance when needed.”

Aurélien Bandini, MICE Specialist for the Japan Convention Bureau, was impressed by the varied programme, commenting: “In a short and intense period, [the FYP] combines thought-provoking talks with highly-qualified speakers, enjoyable networking breaks, and interactive sessions that allow the participants to sharpen their skills.”

In addition, the FYP exposes business events newcomers to the industry’s diversity and size. Delegates come from an array of MICE sectors, from destinations and venues to associations, and gain valuable insights into the requirements of industry stakeholders by working in multi-national buyer-supplier teams. Anne Berrevoets, Senior Events Coordinator at the European Association for International Education said: “The Forum gave me a unique opportunity to discuss key topics with suppliers outside of a direct business negotiation, something which was invaluable.”

For Oscar Cerezales, COO Asia Pacific of MCI Group, the FYP was the first time he experienced an international environment after working in his home country, Spain. He told ICCA: “Suddenly, I found there are people from different countries, cultures, norms and etiquettes. It helped me a lot to understand that […] we see things and do business in different ways. It opened my mind.”

Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA, agrees that the Forum for Young Professionals is a truly unique educational and networking experience. He emphasised that the event is a must for individuals aspiring to a career in the meetings industry, adding: “The mix between suppliers and buyers creates a platform for discussions, and participants get to know each other’s needs and objectives, ensuring a greater understanding of the industry.”

ICCA Forum for Young Professionals takes place in Barcelona, Spain from 25-27 November 2018, just before ibtm world 2018. Anyone under the age of 30 with less than three years’ meetings industry experience is invited to apply for a place on the programme via The deadline for applications is 12 August 2018.


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