Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific has announced the launch of the annual ACI Asia-Pacific Young Executive of the Year Award for the year 2011, with applications now being accepted. The ACI Asia-Pacific Young Executive of the Year Award was first introduced in 2009 and is the first and only award in the Asia-Pacific region which honors the young airport executives who show strong passion for the aviation industry and propose innovative ideas to address the most pressing issues that the industry is facing today. “The aviation industry has faced some challenging times in the last decade,” said Maggie Kwok, regional director of ACI Asia-Pacific. “We have survived the challenges under the able leadership of the seasoned airport leaders and experts. But at the same time, we should encourage inputs from the young executives and it is often through innovations that we will continue to succeed.” Each ACI Asia-Pacific airport member is entitled to nominate one candidate to apply for the award. The candidates are required to submit research papers on one of the following topics: Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Comprehensive Review of Airport Business Models Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Aviation Security in Passenger Terminal Buildings Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Problems and Solutions in the Implementation of Safety Management System (SMS) Prominent leaders from ICAO and scholars from the industry will form the panel of judges. The winner will be awarded with US$1,000 and a free trip to attend the 6th ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly which will be held in New Delhi, India from 5-8 April 2011 where he/ she will present his/her research paper to the ACI Asia-Pacific member airports at the Assembly. The deadline for entries is 1 December 2010 and the announcement of the winner will be made on 1 March 2011.