WTM World Travel Market will be hosting the successor to the ASPIRE Conference for the industry’s students – Future You conference.
The inaugural Future You, organised by the Institute for Travel Tourism and the Tourism Society, will take place on the Thursday morning of WTM 2009, giving undergraduates crucial expert industry advice on a range of issues from CV and interview tips, extra training and how to find the perfect job.
The ITT launched ASPIRE in 2004, and was aimed at the industry’s students and young professionals, with the event taking place at various locations around the UK until 2007.
In a new collaboration to cater for both audiences WTM, ITT and the Tourism Society is now offering Future You for students and the Travel Agents’ Day Programme, which includes three practical sessions, for the young professionals already working in the industry.
Future You is free conference available to the first 600 students who register for WTM on Thursday November 12.
The conference will take place between 10am until 12.30pm. World Travel Market Head of Marketing and Communications Micaela Juarez said: “World Travel Market is delighted to be able to offer travel and tourism students such a comprehensive and practical programme to help them secure their perfect job in the industry when they graduate. “The current financial downturn means future graduates are facing the toughest jobs market in generations. World Travel Market, the ITT and the Tourism Society are pleased to be able to help students fulfil their potential and help them get their first break into one of the most dynamic and fast-paced industry’s in the world.”
ITT Director and Chair of Education and Training Claire Steiner said: “Pressure on tourism graduates in increasing, this event will provide a unique opportunity for aspiring tourism students to hear from industry leaders on how to make the most of employment opportunities in the UK’s fifth biggest industry. The joint hosting of this event by the ITT, Tourism Society and WTM is a first and a fantastic achievement by all parties to work in collaboration on this vital issue.”
Tourism Society Executive Director Flo Powell said: "I am delighted that the collaboration between the Tourism Society and ITT is continuing and has resulted in this timely and vital event to help tourism graduates get a head start in their career”.