About the Strategic Global Task Force of National PCO Associations

The International Association for Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has united 14 National PCO Associations for the first time in its 52-year history to connect and share Coronavirus-related data and case studies. The primary focus of the International strategic task force, chaired by Mr Alejandro Ramirez Tabche, IAPCO Council Member, is to use their combined expertise to create and distribute safe practice guidelines for Professional Congress Organisers (PCOs) worldwide.

IAPCO’s 135 Company Members delivered over 21,000 client meetings, events and congresses around the world in 2019 alone worth an estimated economic impact well in excess of €11 billion.

Whilst many governments around the world begin to reduce current Coronavirus-related restrictions, others are doing the opposite by reinstating lockdowns and quarantines as potential second waves of the virus threaten.

Martin Boyle, CEO of IAPCO says: “In challenging times like these, it is more important than ever that organisations with similar missions come together to promote a coordinated, multi-national model for the greater good. PCOs are at the sharp end of helping economies recover through the successful, efficient and strict management of business and professional events. It is vital that policy makers and PCOs work together and agree to safe, practical protocols that will help to facilitate such recoveries.”

The IAPCO Task Force will leverage IAPCO’s leadership on the international stage whilst also enabling the dissemination of the important work being done at national levels by the Task Force Members.


COVID-19 Factsheets – Guidelines per country for the organisation of in-person meetings


IAPCO President Ori Lahav interviews 5 Tourism & Development Ministers about the recovery of the Business Meetings & Events and Tourism sector.

The Strategic Global Task Force of National PCOs
IAPCO – The PCO Perspective – Advocacy Guide in conjunction with the JMIC Global Manifesto

The JMIC Global Manifesto
An Industry Rationale for the Use of Business Events as Primary Agents for Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery and Renewal

Good Practice Guidance Addressing COVID-19 Requirements for re-opening business events

COVID-19 Position Document

Addressing COVID-19 Requirements for Re-Opening Business Events, Congresses and Exhibitions

Guidelines for the Business Events Industry

Meeting and Event Code of Conduct

Meeting and Event Design – Accepted Practices Guide

Ministry of Tourism, Greece
Governmental guidelines for the safe operation of scientific professional and other conferences

COVID-19: Resources for Airlines & Air Transport Professionals

Guidelines for Virtual Medical Congresses

Japan Convention Management Association – MICE Hosting Guidelines

Research Institute for Exhibition and Live Communication – Event Safety and Security in the context of COVID-19

World Travel and Tourism Council
Leading Global Protocols for the New Normal of Convention Centres, Meetings and Events