Search for meetings industry's leaders of tomorrow: EIBTM and ICCA’S Forum for Young Professionals

Tuesday 10, August 2010


Search for meetings industry's leaders of tomorrow: EIBTM and ICCA’S Forum for Young Professionals


Highlighting their continued commitment to finding industry ‘leaders of tomorrow’, EIBTM and ICCA are undertaking their annual search for young talent to join them in the annual Forum For Young Professionals at this year’s EIBTM in Barcelona.


The two organisations are on the look out for 20 industry professionals, under the age of 30, to join them from Saturday 27 November to Tuesday 30 November.  Selection to the Forum is based on country of origin, current employment and a short essay on either the challenges faced by the industry, social networking or sustainability.


The deadline for applications is Friday 10 September 2010. For full information about the programme and how to apply go to or contact Jill Harrison at


Martin Sirk, CEO for ICCA comments: “The Forum is a unique opportunity for ambitious young professionals, thrown together from different backgrounds and countries, to join together to learn more about the industry and ICCA. It adds up to an experience that past participants consistently enthuse about.”


Comments from past attendees include:

“The ICCA/EIBTM FYP was an amazing opportunity to collaborate with, and learn from, both experts in our industry and other young professionals. The forum allowed me to build relationships with industry colleagues throughout the world, an opportunity I would have otherwise never had the chance to partake in." Bethany Teulan - Business Events Sydney


"The Forum is a great opportunity for anyone who is planning a career in our industry. The mix of experienced industry leaders and young ambitious professionals leads to an extraordinary experience with an open and educative atmosphere."?Arvin Singh - MCI Amsterdam

“It is a great opportunity for exchanging experience’s learning and fun. Absorb as much as possible and enjoy.”?Ângela Silva - São Paulo Convention and Visitors Bureau


Graeme Barnett, EIBTM Exhibition Director adds: “This initiative is all about the future; the leaders of tomorrow. Together with ICCA we are committed in the long term to help educate and develop the obvious talent that exists around the world.”


Key benefits for those chosen to join the Forum for Young Professionals include:


  • A fresh perspective on meetings management and the industry 
  • Familiarisation with the global meetings industry and its potential for young professionals
  • Enhanced professional skills
  • Connections and networks with peers from around the world
  • Better appreciation of different viewpoints, approaches and cultures
  • The experience of working in multi-cultural and buyer-supplier teams
  • The ability to plan a career in the industry
  • Knowledge of ICCA, its organisation and membership benefits
  • Continued motivation and enthusiasm for the industry
  • Preview of EIBTM
  • Opportunity to meet technology guru Corbin Ball


The Forum for Young Professionals is complimentary and includes three night’s accommodation and a return flight to Barcelona – free flights from within Europe are courtesy of EIBTM, with ICCA covering extra flights up to 1000 Euros for non-European participants. Transfers, lunches, coffee breaks and dinners are included in the package.


EIBTM takes place at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona from Tuesday 30 November – Thursday 2 December 2010.



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