IAPCO EDGE Seminars are presented through the IAPCO Training Academy and includes a comprehensive international and regional educational programme for all levels of staff involved in the meetings and events industry. Focused on relevant contemporary themes, the seminars include an exciting calendar of educational, networking and social programmes.

Partnering with IAPCO to host or deliver an EDGE Seminar includes commercial, media and strategic opportunities, each of which provides levels of engagement and connectivity across our global community.

Organising a Hosted EDGE Seminar

If you cannot come to IAPCO, IAPCO will come to you.

IAPCO Hosted EDGE is a programme designed for organisations wishing to tailor an EDGE Seminar for a specific audience (limited to an organisation, country, or specific topic).


IAPCO caters for groups or organisations who wish to stage a hosted IAPCO Seminar in their own country or a particular geographical area on a specific topic/theme. Seminars can be linked to other industry functions/trade shows, or be stand-alone seminars, specially structured to suit the participants’ needs and the local conference climate.

The programme is prepared in consultation with the IAPCO Training Academy and the local host. IAPCO will send a team of experts as appropriate to the seminar.

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Hosted EDGE Seminars Locations:

  • 2023 Tokyo, Japan (JNTO)
  • 2023 Durban, South Africa (Kwa Zulu – Natal CVB)
  • 2023 Tokyo, Japan (TCVB)
  • 2022 Tokyo, Japan (JNTO)
  • 2022 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (MYCEB)
  • 2022 Tokyo, Japan (TCVB) (virtual)
  • 2021 Tokyo, Japan (JNTO) (virtual)
  • 2021 Bangkok, Thailand x 3 (TCEB) (hybrid)
  • 2021 Hangzhou, China (virtual)
  • 2021 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia x 3 (MYCEB) (virtual)
  • 2021 Durban, South Africa (virtual)
  • 2019 Suzhou, China
  • 2019 Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2019 Durban, South Africa
  • 2019 Tokyo, Japan
  • 2019 Xiamen, China
  • 2018 Durban, South Africa
  • 2018 ADB, Manilla
  • 2018 Macau, China
  • 2018 Tokyo, Japan
  • 2018 Suzhou, China
  • 2017 Suzhou, China
  • 2016 Suzhou, China
  • 2016 Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2015 Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2015 Doha, Qatar
  • 2014 Moscow, Russia
  • 2014 Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2014 Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2013 Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2013 Macau, China
  • 2013 Mendoza, Argentina
  • 2012 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2012 Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 2011 Macau, China
  • 2010 Tallinn, Estonia
  • 2010 Lavasa, India
  • 2010 Macau, China
  • 2009 Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2009 Manila, Philippines
  • 2009 Macau, China
  • 2009 Tokyo, Japan
  • 2009 Dubai, UAE (basic and advanced seminars)
  • 2008 Manila, Philippines
  • 2007 Manila, Philippines
  • 2007 Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2007 Dubai, UAE
  • 2006 Nairobi, Kenya
  • 2006 Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • 2006 Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2005 Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2004 Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2001 Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2000 Singapore, Republic of Singapore
  • 1996 Hong Kong, China
  • 1995 Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1990 Manila, Philippines
  • 1989 Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 1988 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Delivering an EDGE Seminar

IAPCO EDGE seminar

IAPCO Edge Seminars are delivered by IAPCO Member PCOs. It is a unique opportunity for the PCOs to raise their company profile and showcase their destination to the global IAPCO community. EDGE Seminars attract attendees from across the meetings industry, many of which are influential in destination selection process for International Association Meetings and Congresses.

EDGE Seminar Locations:

  • 2024 – Antwerp
  • 2023 – Geneva | Mexico
  • 2022 – Lillehammer
  • 2021 – Athens | Melbourne | Mexico
  • 2020 – Munich
  • 2019 – Prague | The Hague
  • 2018 – Florence | Guadalajara | Taipei
  • 2017 – Athens
  • 2016 – Copenhagen | Whistler
  • 2015 – Auckland

Click here to view all forthcoming EDGE Seminars

Who attends an EDGE Seminar?

IAPCO EDGE 3 day-seminars are designed for meetings and events professionals from PCOs, CVBs, Convention Centres, Universities, Associations. Small groups interact with faculty and work together to build new skills and refresh their practices.

An EDGE seminar is for people who are looking to advance their career and learn from industry leaders in a hands-on way and make connections for life.

An IAPCO EDGE Seminar usually attracts 40-60 participants (70-80 in Europe). The target audience is primarily regional however participants can attend from any part of the world.

There are three annual EDGE Seminars in the IAPCO calendar:

  • EDGE Europe In January
  • EDGE LATAM In October
  • EDGE APAC Dates vary

EDGE Seminar Host Responsibilities:

Creativity is encouraged in the design of the social programme to maximise the PR exposure of a destination, before, during and after the seminar. The success of an EDGE seminar relies heavily on the support of the host destination and local stakeholders.

  • Budget
  • Local Industry Sponsorship from destination and/or convention centre
  • Invite local speakers
  • Website, Event APP, logo design
  • Marketing & Social Media in collaboration with IAPCO HQ
  • Registration/Joining instructions/Feedback Survey
  • Meeting Room Venue
  • Hotel Accommodation – booking management
  • Seminar Food & Beverage (included in cost of registration)
  • A/V requirements & onsite technician
  • Photographer
  • Social Programme for delegates and faculty
  • On-site staffing
  • Insurance Cover
  • Supplier management

Next Steps:

If you would like to have an informal conversation about hosting a future EDGE seminar in your location, please contact IAPCO Education Portfolio Manager, Elly Butler 

To register your interest in delivering an EDGE Seminar, use the online form below.

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