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Going for Gold – IAPCO celebrates 50th anniversary AM&GA in Basel

March 21, 2017

Going for Gold – IAPCO celebrates 50th anniversary AM&GA in Basel
IAPCO is excited to announce that their Golden Anniversary AM&GA will be organised by its member Congrex Switzerland at the Congress Center Basel, from 14-17 February 2019.

Basel has won the bid to host the 50th IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly with the announcement being made during the recent Annual Meeting in Dubai. The Swiss bid was organised by IAPCO members Congrex Switzerland & MCI Group with support from the Government of the Canton Basel-Stadt, the Swiss Convention & Incentive Bureau, the Basel Tourism & Convention Bureau, the Congress Center Basel and last but not least the Municipality of Montreux and Montreux Riviera for the Council Meeting prior to the Annual Meeting.

It is not every day that an association celebrates its Golden Anniversary, so the event is sure to be popular amongst the members. There will be many surprises in store, as well as a high quality education programme and plenty of networking opportunities with a Swiss flavour!

IAPCO has a strong legacy in Switzerland having organised the “Wolfsberg” IAPCO Annual Seminars in this destination for over 40 years. This is only the second time the Annual Meeting will take place in Switzerland, the first being in 1988 in Zurich.

“The Government of the Canton Basel-Stadt is delighted that IAPCO has decided to hold its 50th Annual Meeting and General Assembly in 2019 in Basel and congratulates all supporting parties involved in the successful bid” says Councillor Christoph Brutschin.

Alain Pittet, Managing Director of Congrex Switzerland, adds: “I am proud that we have been elected host of the IAPCO Annual Meeting in 2019. Together with our partners and supporters we will showcase Basel and Switzerland as an ideal event destination to the world’s leading Professional Conference Organisers.”

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APCO AM&GA attendance at an all time high in Dubai

March 21, 2017

Professional Congress Organisers from across the globe came together in Dubai for the 2017 IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly.

Hosted by Dubai-based IAPCO member company Meeting Minds Experts, and supported by Dubai Business Events (DBE), this landmark event celebrated the highest recorded attendance for an IAPCO Annual Meeting taking place outside of Europe, with 115 delegates from over 30 countries participating. The meeting took place from February 16-19, at Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.

Dubai is the first city in the GCC region to host the IAPCO meeting and General Assembly, now in its 48th year. The successful event was themed around ‘Leading the Future, Creating Opportunities’, and over the course of three days, industry leading lights took to the stage to discuss both the opportunities and the challenges facing the modern conference and convention industry.

Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “We are extremely honoured for the opportunity to host an event of such a calibre and welcome members of IAPCO to the city we fondly call home. This further strengthens Dubai’s profile as a premier international business event destination and highlights the emirate’s diversified offering-comprising global connectivity, state-of-the-art facilities, first-class infrastructure, and great hospitality-to key stakeholders who shape the business events industry.  As our reputation of being a dynamic host city for business events grows, we anticipate further growth in the number of visitors to the emirate in line with Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 and the UAE Vision 2021.”

The IAPCO 2017 programme was packed with inspiring and informative keynotes, lively debate sessions, a destination teamwork challenge and the Driving Excellence Awards Ceremony celebrating the achievements of IAPCO members.  Of course, there were plenty of opportunities for networking, as well as treating guests to Arabia’s famous hospitality with a desert Bedouin experience and other social occasions with a local flavour.

Commenting on the meeting, Jan Tonkin, said: “This year’s annual meeting and general assembly offered a unique platform to discuss the all-important quality standards we strive to achieve globally, and to network with other like-minded partners in an environment that is more than collegial. Attendees were made privy to best practice in addition to witnessing outstanding presentations from experts who stimulated each to think differently.

 

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PCOs must move towards forming Strategic Partnerships with Clients, say Industry Leaders

March 5, 2013

PRESS RELEASE FROM IAPCO
March 2013 | PCOs must move towards forming Strategic Partnerships with Clients, say Industry Leaders

Professional Conference Organisers must move towards forming high-level strategic partnership with clients, said international business tourism leaders during a major Dublin conference.

Delegates from six continents and representing over 32 countries attended the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) General Assembly & Annual Meeting, which took place in the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. Representing businesses that manage conferences for 1.2 million delegates per year, the delegates of IAPCO are seen as the leaders in the field, contributing €3.71 billion to business tourism worldwide.

‘I believe everyone who attended this Dublin meeting left with at least three to five new pieces of knowledge that will change the way they do business’ said Gonzalo Perez Constanzo, President of IAPCO ‘Be it in our thinking behind the scope of services we provide, the recognition of our profession, and of course the invaluable exchanges with colleagues over the few days. It was a terrific learning experience and, of course, a wonderful chance to experience the incredible Irish friendliness!’

After the conference, delegates were asked that after visiting Ireland would they consider bringing a conference to Ireland themselves. 89% of respondents said that they would which, considering the size of business managed by the attendees, promises to generate significant revenue to the Irish economy.

‘It has been a real success, both in terms of showcasing Ireland, and also in helping to move the industry forward. Our collaborative approach has been a real eye-opener to our visitors, and throwing the spotlight on Ireland will hopefully help us increase the revenue generated through business tourism’ said Nicola McGrane, Managing Director of Conference Partners, who co-organised the conference with MCI Dublin and Keynote PCO. ‘We designed a programme that the delegates could actively participate in and contribute to and as a result, we have real outcomes to bring back to our businesses that will help us continue to contribute significantly to the Irish economy.’

Over 34% of the General Assembly’s delegates were first-time attendees, indicating the attractiveness of the conference’s venue and theme, with approximately 80% of the delegates coming to Ireland for the first time. The successful Irish bid was a collaborative effort on the part Ireland’s top conference companies, with funding support being provided by Fáilte Ireland. The General Assembly showcased the successful co-operation of these stakeholders in Irish meetings industry.

‘This co-ordinated strategic thinking between the Irish business tourism industry was certainly an aspect of the Irish story that we wanted to tell’ said Jean Evans, European Manager – Association Relations, MCI Group. ‘The last decade or so has seen the indigenous industry make great leaps forward and I think IAPCO delegates went home with plans to start doing the same.’

The programme’s theme, ‘Riding the winds of change – new strategies for PCOs’, highlighted the increasingly strategic nature of PCOs partnerships with clients, moving away from the logistical partnerships of the past. Managing Director of Keynote PCO, Noel Mitchell commented ‘We’re no longer just providers; we’re partners’.

Delegates’ testimonials also attested to the success of the IAPCO General Assembly in Dublin. The social programme included an Irish Dancing flashmob, where 100 delegates spontaneously started dancing in the streets of Dublin, a particular success. Georgina Alexopoulou, of Erasmus SA in Greece commented that ‘It was a truly enjoyable meeting with a perfect balance of learning, networking and having great fun among our peers. Everything, from the hotel facilities and the location to the stunning tastes of Ireland and the team feeling during all activities was really unique’.

ABOUT IAPCO: Meeting Quality
The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) was founded in 1968, is registered in Switzerland and represents today more than 115 professional organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 40 countries. IAPCO members organise in excess of 6600 meetings annually, totaling some 2.285 million delegates and representing an economic impact in the region of 3.71 billion euros.

IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry. Today IAPCO membership offers a unique quality assurance, since entry into membership of IAPCO is by meeting strict criteria and by continuous quality assessment.

The high quality standards are secured by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. The ‘Wolfsberg’ Annual Seminar, The Meetings MasterClass and the Annual Meeting & General Assembly of its members are the highlight events of IAPCO.


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