One way to talk about the future is to use “voy a” plus an infinitive verb when you want to say, “I am going to......”. The “a” goes with the “voy” rather than with the infinitive. Of course you can also say, “vas a” ,” vamos a” , or “van a”.
I was under the impression ir a + infinitive was used for the immediate/near future? If this is so, why use it in this sentence while the action is going to be next year?!? Can "near" be that relative? =)