On 1 August 2021 the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO; based in Tokyo, Japan) and the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO; registered in Zurich, Switzerland) formed a destination partnership. This is Japan's first partnership of this nature, and IAPCO's second destination partnership within Asia.
5 Ministers of Tourism and Development have accepted IAPCO's invitation to discuss their vision of business and professional events and tourism in their respective regions, reflect on measures taken for the safe return to in-person events, and look at the future of the sector. IAPCO President Ori Lahav interviewed: - Sofia Zacharaki, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Greece - Denise Guillén, Vice Minister of Tourism, Panama - Michelle Fridman Hirsch, Secretary of Tourism Development, Yucatan, Mexico - Remo Monzeglio, Deputy Minister of Tourism (Tourism Undersecretary), Uruguay - Nigel Huddleston MP, Under Secretary of State (Minister for Sport and Tourism), United Kingdom
- New association resource available to support hybrid event delivery - Marking Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) and BestCIties have come together to help associations articulate their new hybrid event requirements
‘Surviving and Thriving!’, the theme of the IAPCO Day was reflected in the highest audience figure for an IAPCO General Assembly, to date. The virtual event took place on Monday 15 February 2021 and was joined by IAPCO members and partners from over 42 different countries.