A PR executive from the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) has seen off rivals from across the UK to win a millennials competition hosted by ICCA’s UK & Ireland Chapter.

Lindsay Ackers, who works to promote the meetings industry at the Glasgow, scooped top prize in a competition which asked millenials (those born between 1980-2000) to detail how they would benefit from attending the 2018 ICCA Congress in Dubai.

Lindsay, who wins flights and registration for the prestigious annual event, said after the results were announced during the ICCA Chapter meeting at IMEX in Frankfurt yesterday: “I am so delighted to have been chosen as the winner of ICCA’s Millennial competition. It’s a great initiative and gives us millennials the chance to connect with the industry on a global scale. I am beyond excited to attend ICCA World. A huge thanks to everyone at the SEC who support me every day and who have taken great joy in watching the video too many times!”

Millennials from across the UK were asked to detail how they would benefit from attendance at the 2018 ICCA Congress in Dubai.

The runners up were:

  • Caitriona  Doran, Meet in Ireland– who wins registration to the 2019 ICCA UK & Ireland Debate in Harrogate.
  • Serena Tallarico, London & Partners – who wins registration to the 2019 ICCA UK & Ireland Debate in Harrogate.

The competition, which was launched in March of this year at ICCA UK & Ireland in Belfast, was in partnership with Emirates airlines who were offering return flights to the 57th ICCA Congress taking place in Dubai, and registration for which will be provided by the UK & Ireland Chapter.

The inspiration behind the competition was to engage more closely with the industry’s millennials, who, according to industry trends, will make up 75 per cent of the workforce by 2025.

To win the prize, worth more than £1,500, millennials working for UK & Ireland based ICCA members, who had not previously attended the ICCA Congress were asked to submit a 500-word letter to their future self on what they think they will achieve in the next year based on their attendance at the congress.  It also required a link to an online two-minute video presentation.

Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SEC said: “We are delighted that Lindsay has become the first recipient of such an innovative prize. In Lindsay’s first year with us, she has shown a natural flare for the industry. She is a bright and intelligent millennial with a hunger to learn. We know that she will make the most of her time at the ICCA Congress and we are so proud and pleased that she has been awarded this opportunity.”

During the Chapter meeting it was also revealed that the ICC Wales will host the 2020 ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter Debate.

Diane Waldron, chair on the ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter commented: “The quality of the entries for the millennial competition was extremely high, as were the submissions to host the 2020 debate.  It is great to see so many individuals and organisation wanting to get involved with ICCA on both a Chapter and global level and I look forward to seeing how Lindsay will benefit from her first time at such a prestigious event.  Our annual debate has become a major fixture on the UK meetings industry calendar and I also look forward to the warm welcome we will undoubtably receive from all the team at the ICC Wales.”