A Leeds Metropolitan University student and graduate are set for Shanghai after winning scholarships to travel there to attend an international conference.

Elissar Shalhoub, an MSc International Events Management student and an alumnus of the same course, Yanning Li, will attend the 52nd International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) conference in China running from November 2-6.

The duo will have the costs of their fees, flights and accommodation covered during the conference by the ICCA.

Rhodri Thomas, Leeds Met's Professor in Events Tourism and Hospitality, will be travelling with them and will be the keynote speaker during the conference at the Best Cities Global Alliance Knowledge Exchange event where he will be discussing ways of maximising the benefits of events portfolios for global cities.

He commented: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Elissa and Yanning, who both competed with many others studying events management at an advanced level to win these scholarships. The conference in Shanghai will provide them with an excellent opportunity to learn from senior practitioners and to strengthen their networking skills and contacts.

"This achievement shows Leeds Metropolitan University is a leader in this area of work, building on the sustained success of the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality colleagues in securing major international research and evaluation projects concerned with various aspects of event management. It also shows that we make connections between our practitioner networks and our students."