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ICCA and EIBTM combine forces to support the next generation of meeting planners

ICCA and EIBTM combine forces to support the next generation of meeting planners ( EIBTM ( ) has partnered with the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) once again to deliver The Forum for Young Professionals (FYP), which will take place from November 24-27 in Barcelona.

The ICCA Forum for Young Professionals is an initiative that has been developed to reach out and help young meetings professionals to gain a fresh perspective on meetings management and the industry, as well as enhance their professional skills and connect and network with peers from around the world.

Deborah Lonne, Brisbane Marketing, who attended the forum last year commented, “Overall, attending FYP in Barcelona has presented me with a fantastic opportunity for both professional and personal development, increasing my knowledge of the business events industry, whilst building contacts on both a national and international level. I strongly recommend anyone who is eligible and considering to apply to do so - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity!"

As the industry is constantly evolving, EIBTM and ICCA have invited leading industry experts to deliver innovative, challenging, and immersive sessions about technology advancements, infrastructure developments, and audiences with higher expectations.

This year’s Forum will be lead by Elizabeth Rich, Proprietor at Agenda Pty. Ltd., Australia, and the following industry experts will form the faculty for this year's FYP: Corbin Ball, Corbin Ball Associates; Graeme Barnett, Reed Travel Exhibitions; Rod Cameron, JMIC; Karen Bolinger, Melbourne Convention&Visitors Bureau; Mariano Castex, MCI Latin America (INCON Group); Michel Courturier, Marketing Challenges International; Elling Hamso, Event ROI Institute; Christian Mutschlechner, Vienna Convention Burea; Liu Ping, China Star Limited; and Martin Sirk, ICCA.

The Forum for Young Professionals is open to association and corporate meeting planners under the age of 30, who have less than 3 years experience working in the meetings industry. The FYP is complimentary, and delegates selected will also benefit from complimentary accommodation and travel expenses. There are only 20 places available, and the deadline for applications is August 31.
For further information on the ICCA-EIBTM Forum for Young Professionals, please visit .

EIBTM 2012 takes place November 27-29, Barcelona.

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