At the beginning of May and as part of the HOLA conference in Miami, Stephen Farrant (Director ITP and YCI) had the opportunity to meet with the former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox, to discuss the YCI programme, its impact in Mexico and beyond, and our plans for the future.
“President Fox was well briefed on the programme and showed great interest in our practical, business-focused model for transforming the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people in society, and was keen to offer his support as we move forwards,” said Stephen. Discussions are now underway to define more closely what form this support could take, including not only the President’s personal involvement and commitment but also a possible association with the Centro Fox.
Mexico currently has some 7.5 million “ninis,” in other words young people who are neither in work nor education or training due to a complete lack of opportunities. They are referred to as Mexico’s lost generation, who are significantly more vulnerable to be drawn into a life of crime without the intervention of programmes like YCI. Mexico is currently the biggest YCI market with 14 active participating hotels.
Stephen also presented the YCI programme to the HOLA conference in a plenary session, and held productive discussions with a range of current and potential new programme partners and funders across the Latin American region. YCI is grateful to the organisers of the HOLA conference for their support of YCI.
“Attending CHRIS and HOLA is a cost-effective way to do business in both the Caribbean and Latin America. The back-to-back nature allows twice the networking, while only traveling to one place. The location of the events, in Florida – only adds to the value.”
“CHRIS & HOLA are extremely well-executed hotel investment conferences. We particularly like the back-to-back nature of the two events, as it gives us the opportunity to efficiently market to new and existing clients in two regions through one medium in one convenient location.”
“Hosting CHRIS and HOLA back-to-back in the highly accessible Miami market, makes it very easy for those of us with deals and interests in both the Caribbean and Latin America to conduct business and have key clients & targets be able to get in and out efficiently. It’s a great idea, and the well-organized nature of the event and venue has made networking and knowledge-sharing highly effective relative to these challenging regions… which is why we sponsor and attend every year!”
“The top industry developers, operators, lenders and investors attend CHRIS and HOLA each year, making it a great place to network and to do business.”
“The CHRIS and HOLA organizers are careful to include relevant, timely, and important topics in the programs. These events are a great place to hear the latest updates, trends, and predictions – directly from leaders in the industry.”