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Millennials in the Meetings Industry launch new network

March 21, 2017

Millennials in the Meetings Industry launch new network

A new network aimed at young professionals in the Business Events industry has been launched. Called Meetings + Millennials, the network aims to be the place where young professionals from the meeting, incentive travel, conference, event and exhibition sectors can gather to learn, connect and advocate. The network will operate as an on-line community (see with informal face to face meet-ups at all major MICE events.

“Meetings + Millennials started when three of us attended the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals in Barcelona in 2015. The forum was excellent. It brought us all together but, once it was over, there was no formal setting to meet again and develop the connections. Meetings + Millennials provides us with that important place and – importantly – it helps us dispel the cliché that we’re an ‘entitled generation’ said Gráinne Ní Ghiollagáin, Business Development Manager at Croke Park Meetings and Events, and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.

“Thanks to Martin Sirk, executive Director at ICCA, we were asked to co-ordinate a session at the ICCA World Congress on millennials in the workplace. Coming together to create the presentation for ICCA was a wonderful experience and made us realise how the voice of our generation is not yet heard in our industry the way it would be in the start-up sector or Tech, for example. By creating this network, we believe we can change that” added Anne Berrevoets, Events Coordinator, European Association for International Education and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.

“We’ve created an on-line hub to learn from each other, share our experiences but also to advocate for our sector and to highlight the unique perspective we bring to the work that we do in meetings, incentives, conferences and events. Since we presented at ICCA we have been asked to conduct sessions at conferences in Paris and Frankfurt. These platforms allow us to educate corporations, agencies and associations on how to get the best from their millennial team members” said Aoife McCrum, Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager at SoolNua, and co-founder of Meetings + Millennials.


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Recherchieren, filmen, bloggen: ITB Berlin in Echtzeit

January 4, 2016

Recherchieren, filmen, bloggen: ITB Berlin in Echtzeit
22. Presseworkshop „young press“ auf der ITB Berlin in Kooperation mit der Messe Berlin – „young press“-Bewerbungsschluss am Freitag, 12. Februar 2016

Berlin, 4. Januar 2016 – Nachwuchsjournalisten können sich ab sofort für den „young press“-Presseworkshop der Thomas-Morus-Akademie Bensberg auf der ITB Berlin bewerben. Der einwöchige Workshop bietet vom 7. bis 12. März 2016 (Montag bis Samstag) jungen Touristikern sowie Journalisten und solchen, die es werden wollen, die Gelegenheit, in der Redaktion „young press“ live vor Ort dabei zu sein und von zahlreichen Themen rund um die Reisemesse zu berichten. Die Thomas-Morus-Akademie veranstaltet das Projekt auf der ITB Berlin im Auftrag der Messe Berlin bereits zum 22. Mal.

Unter Anleitung von professionellen Reisejournalisten recherchieren bis zu 15 ausgewählte Teilnehmer des Workshop täglich neue Themen und erstellen Artikel oder Kurzfilme nach den Regeln des journalistischen Handwerks. Sie berichten von Trends und Neuheiten der Touristikbranche besonders auch im Bereich der Reiseangebote für Jugendliche und Kinder. Ebenso bloggen die Jungjournalisten ihre Ergebnisse auf dem eigenen Blog,, sowie über Xing, Facebook und Twitter. Young press bietet damit auch in diesem Jahr eine intensive Einführung in den Reisejournalismus und ein „Training on the job“. Die Redaktion informiert so auch Journalisten und Besucher der ITB Berlin in Echtzeit.

Aussteller aus über 180 Ländern und Regionen, mehr als 110.000 Fachbesucher und Nachwuchskräfte aus allen touristischen Bereichen präsentieren auf der führenden Messe der weltweiten Reiseindustrie sowie dem weltweit größten Fachkongress, dem „ITB Berlin Kongress“, das globale touristische Angebot. Die ITB Berlin gilt deshalb auch als wichtiges Sprungbrett für Berufseinsteiger und Young Professionals.

Bewerbungsverfahren: Bewerben können sich Interessierte aus dem gesamten Bundesgebiet im Alter von 18 bis 25 Jahren unter Beilage von Arbeitsproben bis Freitag, den 12. Februar 2016 per Email oder postalisch bei: Thomas-Morus-Akademie, Frau Anne-Katrin Kleinschmidt, „young-press- Redaktion, Overather Str. 51-53, 51429 Bergisch Gladbach oder:

Wichtiger Hinweis: Die Zusagen erfolgen bis Freitag, 19. Februar. Der Kostenbeitrag für den einwöchigen Workshop in Höhe von 120 Euro wird von der Akademie unmittelbar nach Zusage in Rechnung gestellt. Das Programm sowie Hinweise zur Bewerbung sind auch unter abrufbar.

Über die ITB Berlin und den ITB Berlin Kongress
Die ITB Berlin 2016 findet von Mittwoch bis Sonntag, 9. bis 13. März, statt. Von Mittwoch bis Freitag ist die ITB Berlin für Fachbesucher geöffnet. Parallel zur Messe läuft der ITB Berlin Kongress von Mittwoch bis Samstag, 9. bis 12. März 2016. Er ist weltweit der größte Fachkongress der Branche. Mehr Informationen sind zu finden unter Die ITB Berlin ist die führende Messe der weltweiten Reiseindustrie. 2015 stellten 10.096 Aussteller aus 186 Ländern ihre Produkte und Dienstleistungen rund 175.000 Besuchern, darunter 115.000 Fachbesuchern vor.

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Future focused

October 14, 2015

Future focused – looking ahead to meeting space, sustainability and communication trends

The comprehensive education programme at IMEX America opened today with a look at what’s on the horizon for meeting planners – an insight into future meeting space, sustainability developments and communication tips was delivered by a host of industry experts.

Award-winning magician Tim David delivered the MPI Keynote, beginning a packed programme of almost 70 education sessions on the first day of the show. Human connection – a lost art in a noisy world was a lively session covering the art of persuasive communication including how to get the best out of people by making changes to language and behaviour.

He explained: “The quantity of social media has gone through the roof, but what about the quality?” Tim went on to reveal the skills required to influence other people, focusing on the subtleties of body language as one of the main channels of communication.

Through his work, Tim has learnt what makes people tick and shared many tips in this motivational presentation uncovering the key to effective communication and fostering connections.

Caitlin Connors, event planner at the Charles Koch Institute who attended the session, commented: “Tim’s session really rang true – human connection is vital, especially in the industry we’re in. It’s crucial to foster relationships and go the extra mile.

TJ Johnson from the International Legal Technology Association added: “As a planner for a large international association it’s my job to help people connect – Tim’s keynote has given me some valuable tips on boosting human connection. When planning huge conferences, the networking is as vital as the education.

What’s Ahead? Innovation @ Future Meeting Space was covered by Laura d’Elsa at the Inspiration Hub, home to all show floor education. Laura, who is Regional Director USA/Canada for the German Convention Bureau (GCB), introduced the future meeting space project – a partnership between the German Convention Bureau, the European Association of Event Centers (EVVC) and the renowned Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO). Together these organisations are examining the future of events from multiple angles including infrastructure, education, technology, mobility and culture. During this packed session, meeting planners discovered more about the group’s goals and objectives and previewed some of the trends data coming out of focus groups with industry, design, academic and business experts, to innovation guides and case histories.

Attendee Gloria Pickett from American Express Meetings & Events said: “What an exciting session – the technology that’s predicted for the future is simply awesome. It’s like Star Trek coming to life! Meetings and meeting technology are forever evolving and this session was an interesting and useful glimpse into the future“.
Beth Gerundo from The Hartford added: “The technology Laura showcased in her presentation is certainly something I anticipate my organization will take advantage of sooner rather than later. We’re all about the ‘wow’ factor and like to offer something different. The session offered a peak into the future and insight into what the next generation of meeting planners will be dealing with.

The comprehensive education programme at IMEX America covers key topics including Business Skills, Creative Learning, Diversity, General Education, Health/Wellbeing, Marketing and Communications, Research/Trends, Risk Management/Compliance, Sustainability, and Technology/Social Media.

Two new search filtering options have been added on the education section of the IMEX America website to help attendees pinpoint content specifically tailored to how long they have been in the industry. The Young Professionals line-up, sponsored by IAEE, is for anyone with up to three years’ experience. This includes CEIR research – 10 tips for exhibitor success delivered by David DuBois, President and CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) this afternoon. The audience engagement workshop which took place today is part of the Senior Professionals sessions, sponsored by SPiN, for those with eight years’ experience or more. Shawna Suckow, Founder & Chairwoman of SPiN, delivered the session which promised to ‘confound, frustrate, enlighten, and entertain’.


August 31, 2012

ICCA Forum for Young Professionals set to take place as part of EIBTM

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 24th – 27th November 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 life time 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 years 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; 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 31st August.

For further information on the ICCA-EIBTM Forum for Young Professionals, please visit

EIBTM 2012 takes place 27th – 29th November, Barcelona.

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