Meet the faces behind ICCA's famous First Time Attendee programme! ICCA places huge importance on giving First Time Attendees (FTAs) at the ICCA Congress a very warm welcome. Each year, just before the ICCA Congress begins, new attendees are invited to join a specialised session that aims to prepare them for success. Jam-packed full of helpful advice that is delivered from member to member, the programme has been delivered to over 3,000 delegates since it initially began and is designed with care to help them network, do business, learn, and maximise the benefits of attending their first ICCA Congress.
At the centre of the entire programme are the people we couldn’t do it without: our mentors, an amazing group of ICCA members and #ICCAFriends who are Congress veterans and want to help support and steer our newbies as they join the ICCA Family.
Meet Jan Orsic
I will never forget my first ICCA Congress. It was in 2009 in Florence. Only a few months earlier I started working at the Ljubljana Tourism Convention Bureau. It was a new world opening before my very eyes. Before this I worked as a freelance tourist guide, I did research at the university and I worked for the protocol of Slovenia. However the ICCA congress was a revelation and I felt to be surrounded by peers and people who had an amazing amount of knowledge and they were willing to share this knowledge with others. It was a humbling and inspirational experience at the same time.
In the following years I attended several ICCA congress and many other industry events. I switched jobs and worked in a DMC in several countries for five years. A few years ago I was given the opportunity to take the role of the Head of the Ljubljana Convention Bureau at Ljubljana Tourism and even ten years after my first congress, I am still convinced that ICCA is the key source of information for anyone working in our industry.
I feel honoured to be a part of the FTA Mentors team and to have the chance to contribute to ICCA and the Industry. I hope you will find ICCA Congress as the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge and start building your global network of colleagues and friends.
Thank you to Jan for becoming an FTA mentor at the 58th ICCA Congress in Houston, U.S.A.! Are you interested in helping our First Time Attendees to settle in? Find out more about the programme or email Ksenija.firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can become a mentor.
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