We invite all of our industry friends, peers, and stakeholders to
join us in Hershey, Pennsylvania (The Sweetest Place on Earth), as we
celebrate the 65th ‘Chocolate’ Anniversary of the IFEA as the ‘Premier
Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals
Worldwide’ and continue to help all those in our global industry to
‘raise the bar’ for their respective events and communities.
an ever-evolving world, where years now feel like decades; where
advances in technology and programming and sponsorship expectations
change daily; where city relationships and stakeholder partnerships must
be built on solid foundations, with the trust and fluidity to react and
respond continually to new challenges in safety and security, financial
demands, and changing volunteer environments; where globalization and
accessibility demand that we keep pace with all of our audiences and the
changing face of our communities; and where new creativity and
experienced leadership skills have become our greatest assets; the
annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat is the most valuable door to
professional education and networking that you can open.
Hershey was a visionary – much like many in our own industry (past,
present & future) - who started with very little and (during the
Great Depression in the United States) successfully built one of the
leading global brands in the world today; a model community; a
philanthropic foundation (The Hershey Trust) which continues to fund and
provide for the education of thousands of children each year, as well
as educational and cultural facilities and activities for the residents
of Hershey, including the renown Hersheypark family theme park, which
opened in 1906.
Paying tribute to the Hershey success story,
come spend three remarkable days with your professional global peers, as
we unwrap today’s festivals and events, operationally and
promotionally; the cities that host them; the skills and teams that make
them a reality; and the remarkable impact and legacies that they leave
on those they touch.