02 February 2011
The organisers of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Forum for Young Professionals are pleased to announce that the event is set to be another sellout this year. The Forum is held in conjunction with AIME and takes place from 13 – 15 February at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Elizabeth Rich, ICCA Forum for Young Professionals’ manager, says that AIME is the perfect time to run the Forum to allow newcomers to the industry to learn from the best.
“Each year we are in debt to the many senior ICCA members who give their time to pass on expertise to the newcomers to the industry. This year I’m delighted that we have guest speakers from Thailand, Shanghai, Taiwan and Indonesia joining their Australian colleagues. I always learn something myself,” Elizabeth said.
“I wish this type of program was available when I was starting out in the industry. The young employees love it.”
ICCA provides the intensive two day forum as a benefit to its members who are under 30 and newer to the industry. The program includes education forum sessions on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th February with keynote speakers from the industry detailing case studies, research and insights into industry best practice. There is also a working element where delegates work together in groups on a specific brief and present to their peers and judges at the end of the two days.
ICCA’s young professionals will be registered to attend the first day of AIME on Tuesday 15th February and the first 30 lucky applicants will gain access to AIME’s renowned networking event, the Welcome Reception, which is held this year at the St. Kilda Sea Baths on the Monday night. Also the first 30 applicants will be able to join the hard hitting Business Events Forum discussing corporate event management on the Tuesday morning.
The ICCA Forum for Young Professionals takes place with the support of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) and Reed Travel Exhibitions through its management of the AIME trade show. Employers cover travel costs and the program itself is provided at no cost.