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Global industry leader announced as new IAPCO President
Mathias Posch, President of International Conference Services Ltd, was elected IAPCO President at the largest-ever IAPCO Annual General Assembly in Tokyo last week, and takes over from outgoing President Jan Tonkin for a two-year term.
February 2018

It’s Carnival Time for IAPCO and Rio
Carnival is the time of celebration in Brazil and IAPCO and Rio de Janeiro have plenty to celebrate. IAPCO (The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) and the Rio Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today the signing of a collaboration partnership agreement.
January 2018


AIM Group and SIAARTI win IAPCO Collaboration Award
AIM Group & SIAARTI were the celebrated winner of the IAPCO Driving Excellence Collaboration Award 2017, as announced at the IBTM Leaders’ Summit
November 2017

African Agenda win the IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award
Elizabeth Winter of African Agenda was the celebrated winner of the IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award 2016, as announced at the impressive IMEX Gala Evening in Frankfurt.
May 2017

IAPCO infographic goes around the world for #GMID17
Can one picture tell a whole story? That might just be the case, at least if the reception that the most recent IAPCO infographic received on social media is anything to go by.
April 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.
March 2017

IAPCO AM&GA attendance at an all time high in Dubai
Professional Congress Organisers from across the globe came together in Dubai for the 2017 IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly.
March 2017


IAPCO Quality goes from strength to strength
Deep dive discussion within IAPCO has resulted in the strengthening of its quality checks and accreditation criteria.
September 2016

No surprises – or are there?
The 9th IAPCO Annual Survey 2015 produced no surprises. With the economic turnaround, and the recession hopefully confined to history, IAPCO members were busy in 2015, organising an average of 113 events per member.
May 2016

Congress Corporation has the winning (lunch) ticket
Jan Tonkin, president of IAPCO, was delighted to present the 2015 Innovation Award to Yoshihito Takahashi from Congress Corporation, Japan at the glittering IMEX Gala evening, last week.
May 2016

New Zealand industry leader steps into IAPCO President role
Jan Tonkin, managing director of Auckland-based The Conference Company, will today take up the presidency of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers. Jan was elected at the Association’s annual General Assembly in Cape Town in February, and takes over from outgoing President Michel Neijmann for a two-year term.
April 2016

Tokyo wins IAPCO Bid for 2018
Cementing its position as an up-and-coming C&I destination, Japan has won the bid to host the 49th Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers in 2018.
February 2016

Jordan member to uphold the trust
IAPCO is delighted to welcome their most recent new member, and a new country, into membership, bringing the total members to 120 from now 41 countries.
January 2016


IAPCO quality education delivered straight to your desk: web-EDGE
A new virtual education programme – convenient, accessible and affordable – IAPCO web-EDGE virtual education delivers on all 3!
IAPCO launches web-EDGE with a competitively priced starter pack containing seven webinars presented by leading IAPCO experts on a variety of introductory topics.
November 2015

First EDGE Seminar resounding success
“It was with some trepidation that I agreed to host the first EDGE Seminar” commented Jan Tonkin, MD of The Conference Company, “as New Zealand is often perceived to be a faraway destination, possibly even on the edge of the world
September 2015

Continual Growth for IAPCO members and the meetings they organise – key facts
…………… And what does this all add up to: an economic impact to the local economy of meetings organised by IAPCO of 4.63 billion euros!
June 2015

IAPCO at the cutting EDGE
The new educational offering “EDGE from IAPCO” was recently launched at IMEX. No longer will the Annual Seminar be limited to Switzerland, the dynamic educational seminar will now be offered worldwide with three seminars per year in different regions.
June 2015

Doing great things – Hamburg Metropolitan Region!
It is the time for the city to shout its new plans from the rooftops and to inform the world, starting at IMEX, of their proposed new and exciting CCH – Congress Center Hamburg. Part of that rooftop announcement is to ensure that IAPCO members, leading PCOs around the world, are kept informed of the developments that will affect both them and their clients, and provide exceptional opportunities for handling large events in a new environment in what will be one of the largest and most modern conference centres in Europe starting in 2019.
May 2015

The First Winner announced at IMEX
Andrew Dergousoff, of ICS Canada, was announced as the winner of the inaugural IAPCO Innovation Award at the IMEX Gala Evening at Frankfurt Opera House in May. The new award for PCOs attracted numerous applications, and the three short-listed nominees were presented by Council to the audience at IAPCO’s Annual Meeting in Lisbon earlier this year, for delegates to vote on the nominees’ innovative ideas, implementation, and successful contributions to their companies.
May 2015

Triple win for Porto
IAPCO was proud to announce the winner of their 2014 National Supplier Award which was presented to Carlos de Brito, President AMTC (Associação do Museu dos Transportes e Comunicações) on behalf of the Alfandega Porto Congress Centre who won the Award on 9 February.
February 2015

Dubai wins 2017 Bid
Dubai has won a bid to host the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly in 2017. The annual event brings together approximately 100 of the world’s most influential conference organisers from 40 countries, who collectively manage approximately 7,000 meetings per year with a combined annual economic impact of over $5 billion US dollars.
February 2015

Amazing Start for IAPCO
IAPCO General Assembly gets off to an amazing start as 80+ participants from 29 countries discussed and debated issues facing the meetings industry today. “Education drives Quality” pronounced Michel Neijmann President of the Association “And Quality is the core driving force of IAPCO”.
February 2015


Centium Software and IAPCO Technology Partnership announced
Centium Software, publishers of EventsAIR, becomes technology partner for IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers).
November 2014

Congrex Switzerland rejoins IAPCO
After the successful realignment of Congrex Switzerland in the past 12 months the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) decided to resume Congrex Switzerland as a member
October 2014

New Dimensions for IAPCO
IAPCO is delighted to announce two new members, each bringing a different perspective to the quality PCO association. CTO Congress becomes the first IAPCO member from Russia; ESC (European Society of Cardiology) becomes the second European Association In-House PCO to join the ranks.
July 2014

One year back, three years forward
Exactly one year ago, at IMEX 2013, IAPCO (International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) and MEHK (Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong) signed IAPCO’s first Corporate Partnership Agreement, probably not realising at the time that this would blossom into a much longer lasting relationship.
July 2014

IAPCO and Dubai sign Partnership Agreement
FRANKFURT, 21st May, 2014: The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) and the Dubai Convention and Events Bureau (DCEB) announced today the signing of a wide-ranging collaborative Partnership Agreement aimed at promoting Dubai’s premier incentives and business events offer.
June 2014

Education Drives Quality
IAPCO has traditionally offered education to its members and professionals in the meetings industry at large; in fact the Founding Fathers of the association considered the education of their staff members so important, that they wished to establish an international exchange of knowledge.
May 2014

Rollercoaster Survey Results Ups and Downs
The economic impact remains staggering. In 2013, IAPCO members organised meetings that contributed to an approximately 4.4 billion euros to local economies. But this comes at a cost to employment, with the number of full time employees falling by 11% from 2011 to 2013.
May 2014

New President for IAPCO
Michel Neijmann, Managing Partner, K2 Conference & Event Management Co., Istanbul, Turkey is the new President of IAPCO, to take effect as of 1 April. “This is an extremely exciting chapter in my career” says Michel, “and I am making it my remit to uphold the quality and educational pillars of IAPCO.
March 2014

“G’Day” and Welcome to Melbourne
And that is exactly what it was: a tremendous welcome to IAPCO and all the IAPCO participants at their Annual Meeting & General Assembly. 45% of the IAPCO membership took the trip to this land of hospitality, fun and promise: and Melbourne did not disappoint. Whilst 74% of those present had not brought an event to Melbourne before, 69% said that they were now likely to do so in the future. 75% said that this visit had changed their perception of the city as a congress destination.
February 2014

Prestigious Award for Barcelona Convention Bureau
In this world where there is a plethora of industry awards, it was good to see a Convention Bureau being presented with the prestigious IAPCO National Supplier Award by Professional Congress Organisers. Nominated by well-known industry veteran Paloma Bellés of AOPC, Spain, the Barcelona CVB was selected.
January 2014


IAPCO sees the End of an Era – Last of the Few, First of the Many
2013 sees the end of an era and the beginning of something new: The Albert Cronheim Scholarship and the Founding Fathers Award.
October 2013

FAY PANNELL The first lady of Conference Organisation – died peacefully on 8 September 2013
Fay Pannell was the first professional conference organiser to establish such a business in the UK and was certainly one of the first in the world. Fay initially started her business supplying staff and interpreters for international events throughout Europe. Gradually she undertook more and more of the services for her clients until she formed her company.
September 2013

New country for IAPCO
Malaysia joins the ranks of IAPCO member countries with the recent addition of AOS Conventions & Events being accepted into membership.
September 2013

IAPCO launches On-Line Dictionary
Meetings industry terminology is now available at your fingertips and, as is so much today, at the press of a button, thanks to IAPCO’s new on-line dictionary..
July 2013

Annual Survey Figures 2007-2012
The latest figures from IAPCO depict interesting reading given the current economic climate, participants rise, exhibitor m2 fall.
June 2013

Global Partnership – IAPCO and PCMA
FRANKFURT, Germany, May 22, 2013 – The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) announced yesterday the formation of a global partnership with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).
May 2013

IAPCO’s Honorary Member Jorge Castex joins the ranks of the CIC Hall of Leaders
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) announces its newest inductees into the CIC Hall of Leaders. The inductees represent influential leaders who have shaped the industry over a lifetime of accomplishments, whose contributions have left an indelible impression on the industry, and who will be inducted during the 2013 Hall of Leaders Gala to be held on October 13,  in Las Vegas, prior to the IMEX America tradeshow.
April 2013

Election of first member from Asia to IAPCO Council in 20 years
Kayo Nomura of Congress Corporation, Japan, was unanimously elected as a new member of the IAPCO Council at the recent General Assembly in Dublin, and becomes the first elected Council member, in the last 20 years, from Asia.
March 2013

PCOs must move towards forming Stategic 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.
February 2013

2012 archives

Membership Growth proves continual desire for Quality
It’s good to have something to cheer about at the end of what can only be described for the industry as a whole as a challenging year.  And IAPCO has plenty to cheer about:  during 2012, eight companies were accepted into membership, bringing the total membership to a 119 from 42 countries, representing all the continents.
December 2012

IASLC Award based on business partnership
“The IAPCO Council” introduced Mathias Posch, MD of International Conference Services Vancouver, nominator of the Award, “unanimously voted to give this year’s Award to the “International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer – IASLC”.  “We are very honoured to be presented with this Award” responded Mr. John Wetherington, CFO and COO of IASLC, who received the Award, “Our Association deals with one of the worst diseases of our time and education is the key to better care. As the congress grows and is able to reach more people, more people get proper treatment and we would not be able to provide that and grow without a professional partner like ICS at our side.”
October 2012

IAPCO Council in Hong Kong
The IAPCO Council were treated to a 7-star hosting of their recent council meeting in Hong Kong.   Not only were informative and memorable visits paid to the two main venues AsiaWorld-Expo and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, but the Hosts, Meetings & Exhibitions Hong Kong, were at pains to show just why the city is so important in today’s meetings industry.
September 2012

Science or destination? Which is more popular to attract the delegate? 
“In a recent survey of over 4000 delegates”, revealed Christian Mutschlechner, of the Vienna Convention Bureau, “when asked what reasons made them attend a conference, the ‘destination’ did not feature in the top 10 list of answers: science, CME, networking all featured strongly. Therefore the future for attracting healthcare events to a destination is primarily about the exchange of science”.
June 2012

Record Breaking ESC Congress receives International Recognition
Announced in Paris, presented at IMEX, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) was delighted to be the recipient of the IAPCO Regional Client Award 2011. Nominated by Philippe Fournier, Immediate Past President of IAPCO, Managing Director of MCI France, in recognition of the recent ESC Congress held, for the first time, in Paris and of the fact that the ESC’s preferred choice of agent is to always be an IAPCO PCO.
May 2012

Education Flourishes for IAPCO National Seminars
Contrary to some popular opinion, the economic climate is not preventing participants from taking part in education and high-standard quality training. In March 2012, IAPCO partnered with two Convention Bureaux to bring their IAPCO National/Regional Seminar to specific destinations: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Vilnius, Lithuania.
April 2012

Despite Adversity, ISTH 2011 goes ahead in Japan
The 23rd International Congress on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH2011) held in Kyoto in July last year, received the 2011 International Client Award.
April 2012

IAPCO statistics downturn but only just 
2011 Annual Survey Results presented at Annual Meeting in Paris, February 2012
The latest figures from IAPCO confirm a slight downturn in overall attendees, but globally, IAPCO continues to grow.
March 2012

The DEBATE: Insourcing or outsourcing conference management 
The PCO: Mathias Posch – ICS Canada and The Client: Roslyn McLeod – arinex Australia
IAPCO members used their annual meeting to tackle this gutsy subject by putting themselves in their client’s shoes and taking a good hard look at the world that is evolving around them. There was little holding back the debate on the client’s side as PCOs are familiar with the arguments experienced from clients but the response from the PCO side of the debate did not demonstrate the same bluntness.
February 2012

New President for IAPCO
Gonzalo Perez Constanzó was unanimously elected to be the new President of IAPCO, from immediate affect following the end of term of Philippe Fournier, the previous President.
February 2012

New Honorary Member for IAPCO
IAPCO announces one of its truly valued past members is added to its roll of honour.
February 2012

Catch that One-to-One
“Worth every second!”, “IAPCO has met my high expectations”, “A great learning experience “…such was the praise and enthusiasm from the participants regarding the change in programme for the 38th Annual IAPCO Seminar in Wolfsberg where more than half of the learning time was dedicated to shorter overviews followed by a choice of tutorials at which smaller groups, and even one-to-ones, were accommodated.
January 2012

15 Minutes of Technology Fame
Snappy sessions formed a crucial element at the IAPCO Annual Seminar in Wolfsberg this year, introducing the practical applications of Mobile Apps, Print on Demand, Roving Registration, QR, Hybrid Meetings, all linked to the advanced life of events, both initially and their longevity. John Martinez of Shocklogic Global presented the short sharp technology sessions, each day focussing on a different element of current event technology.
January 2012

500 Years of Experience in One Room!
IAPCO’s national seminar in Wolfsberg drew over 500 years’ experience – 210 years from partici-pants and the faculty members added more than 300 years!  This experience enabled participants to question, discuss and probe the faculty presentations achieving vision for the future. The trend took a definite “Before, During and After” theme. The different lectures focussed on the new format of congresses and their longevity. 2011
January 2012

2011 archives

Yes Bidding has Changed
All parties at the recent IAPCO Seminar at EIBTM, chaired by Philippe Fournier, IAPCO President, were in agreement. Anne Rødven, VisitOSLO [Convention Bureau], Ben Hainsworth, European Society of Cardiology [Association] and Michel Neijmann, K2 Conferences [PCO] spoke to the packed hall of over 120 exhibition visitors.
December 2011

India – Another New Member Country for IAPCO
India has become the latest country to be represented in the ranks of IAPCO members, bringing the total to an impressive 41 countries. And with the addition of new members KW Conferences Pvt based in Gurgaon, India and Convention Linkage, Inc, based in Chiyoda-ku, Japan, IAPCO now boasts 116 quality-driven members.
November 2011

IAPCO and TCEB in Partnership in SE Asia
Barcelona, 28 November 2011: The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO) are joining hands to provide professional development training for congress organizers in the Southeast Asian Region.
November 2011

New Leadership for the Joint Meetings Industry Council
The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) announces that Philippe Fournier, President of the International Association of PCO’s (IAPCO) and Managing Director for France, MCI Group, has assumed the Presidency of the Joint Meetings Industry Council.
November 2011

PCOs – International Disconnect?
What is a PCO? Do you really know? This was a hot topic at the recent IMEX America seminar run by IAPCO. Managing the six conference success factors highlighted the strategic extension of services often provided by the PCO: the political considerations; the outreach; the scientific content; the long-term legacy; the emotional after effect and ultimately the financial outcome.
October 2011

PCMA Learning Lounge – Go Global
As part of the PCMA innovative programme which followed on from IMEX, the Go Global theme continued with the introduction of Cultural Learning Lounges.  Countries selected on the basis of participants’ advance expressions of interest included Brasil, China, France, India, Middle East, Singapore and the UK, reflecting the countries which are the focus of potential meetings emanating from the USA. Whilst new destinations are on the rise, interestingly, France and the UK still field in the top ten targeted locations.
October 2011

South Africa:  40th IAPCO Member Country
South Africa has become the latest country to be represented in the ranks of IAPCO members, bringing the total to an impressive 40 countries. And with the addition of new members African Agenda, based in Cape Town, South Africa, and Gyro Conference, based in Lillehammer, Norway, IAPCO now boasts 114 quality-driven members
October 2011

Two New Members for IAPCO
IAPCO is delighted to welcome two new members during the first six months of the year, bringing the total number of members to 112 from 38 countries: Copernicus Meetings, represented by Martin Rasmussen, Managing Director, of Göttingen, Germany and MCCM Meeting Management, based in Harmelen, The Netherlands, represented by Nicolette van Erven, Managing Partner.
June 2011

Recognising Excellence – IAPCO Awards
It was no coincidence that IAPCO chose to present their 2010 awards of quality at IMEX, one of the leading quality shows in our industry. Three awards were presented: The International Client Award to the World LP Gas Association, the Regional Client Award to ESMO – European Society for Medical Oncology and the International Supplier Award to the Internationales Congress Centrum ICC Berlin …
June 2011

Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones
The IAPCO Seminar presented by Roslyn McLeod, MD, arinex ltd pty and Esther Assous, Events Manager, World LP Gas Association, drew a large and controversial audience on the topic of Insourcing or Outsourcing Conference Management. Albeit a constant dilemma for Associations, “there is a common denominator” says Roslyn McLeod “which is where the glass house comes in. PCOs are faced with the same challenge as associations and that is to find suitably talented staff. Success”…..
May 2011

Meetings Up, Numbers Down – IAPCO Survey Results
For the 5th time, IAPCO has revealed its members’ annual survey indicating a slow recovery of the economy worldwide. The various numbers however, whilst indicating an increase in the number of meetings organised, reflect a drop in the number of participants attending each meeting.
May 2011

New Chair of Training Academy
The IAPCO Training Academy has a new Chair following the IAPCO General Assembly in Quebec: André Vietor, Past-President of IAPCO and Managing Director of Viajes Iberia Congresos in Barcelona, is delighted to take up the post of Chair along with Jan Tonkin, Managing Director of The Conference Company, New Zealand, in addition to her current role on Council as Chair of the Membership Committee, as Vice Chair of the Training Academy.
April 2011

What’s In It for Me?
Yvonne Hu, at IT&CM China, gave her personal experience of entering the Business Events industry as a career path. Business Events in China experience a hugh infrastructure boom but lack of well-trained human resources leads to a double edge sword.
April 2011

Crisis and Risk in Meetings, any possible Management?
Risk Management was just one of the in-depth topics covered by IAPCO at the recent IAPCO National Seminar held in Macau (China) last week.  With the March (3/11) crisis in Japan occurring during the final planning stages, incorporating a session on Crisis and Risk Management was particularly apt.
March 2011 

After Paris in 2012, DUBLIN to host world leading PCOs for their Annual Meeting in 2013
The International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) will hold its Annual Meeting in Dublin, 14–17 February 2013, bringing some of the industry’s leading lights to Ireland’s shores. The meeting will be organised by three of Ireland’s foremost PCOs, MCI Dublin, Conference Partners and Keynote PCO.
March 2011 

One Red Paperclip
Speaking at the 42nd IAPCO Annual Meeting in Quebec, British Columbian, Kyle MacDonald traded one red paperclip for one house.   “Everything is achievable if you put your mind to it” he insisted.
February 2011 

The Great IAPCO Shake Up!
“Quality is what IAPCO stands for, and Quality is what we will be!,” pronounced IAPCO President Philippe Fournier at the General Assembly in Quebec.  No longer will branch offices of member companies be able to join IAPCO on the back of the company membership. Offices in countries outside those of the company member will need to comply with the same quality procedures and verification processes to be a member of IAPCO …..
February 2011

Quebec, the location for IAPCO’s 42nd Annual Meeting, matched “scenergy” exactly. The most incredible scenery combined with a fantastic energy was the underlying criteria to some of the extra-curricula activities put on by the organisers, JPdL. Dog sledding, skiing, and an overnight stay in the Ice Hotel, all provided activities for those members of IAPCO who wished to extend their stay beyond the core dates of the Meeting…
February 2011  

I’ll sue you later
IAPCO’s hard hitting programme at their 42nd Annual Meeting in Quebec continued with a powerful presentation from James A. Wood of Woods LLP. Tongue in cheek “I’ll Sue you Later” could very well become the new standard phrase in today’s North American society. The chances for companies of being sued in the United States and Canada are a lot higher than for companies based in Europe.   The impeccable advice of James Wood was that “international congress organisers planning to do business in Canada or the USA would do well to bear this litigation culture in mind. ….
February 2011

Conversation is King
Over the past few decades, we’ve developed effective marketing strategies for mass media. Now we’re facing another major shift as we leave behind well-known rules and formulas, entering new territory where Web interactions, social networks, and mobile communications have more impact than traditional media”
February 2011

Q is for  … Quality, Quebec and Q-ompliance
More than 50 quality-driven PCOs descended on the beautiful venue of Quebec City for their IAPCO Annual Meeting & General Assembly in February. “Not for the faint hearted, it’s 3 strikes and you are out – IAPCO will enforce these issues” said Sarah Fitzpatrick, Congrex-UK, and Chair of IAPCO’s Quality Committee. “We will stand by our commitment to ensure quality. Q may be for Quebec – this wonderful city – and it may be for Quality – but in IAPCO’s book, it is also for Q-ompliance.” …..
February 2011

Challenges of Working Internationally
We all know why to host an international congress, but there are many factors which influence their success: political, financial, scientific and emotional factors are all ingredients in the mix, along with the required reach and legacy.
February 2011

Masterclass produces its own Challengers
On Friday 14 January,The 1st Meetings Masterclass, attracting an even split of participants from the Pharma industry (33%), PCOs (33%) and other sectors (International Organisations, Convention Bureaux and Centres 33%), achieved its desired range of attendees allowing a level playing field for cross sector discussion and debate. …….
January 2011 

Annual Seminar rises to the occasion
“One of the best organised seminars in terms of content, lecture and attendees, I have been to” said participant J. A. Lohmar, Managing Director of Axica Kongress- u. Tagungszentrum. 60 participants, the maximum number permitted by IAPCO, attended the 5-day concentrated course, bringing the total intake to over 1800 over the past 37 years. …….
January 2011

Peter Fisk Challenges the PCO to be THE CHANGE AGENT
“Are you Ready?” Peter Fisk of The Genius Works challenged the group of 100 participants at IAPCO’s Wolfsberg seminars in January “Are you READY?” The PCOs need to be the agent of change, PCOs are the Change Agents for Meetings of the Future. ……
January 2011

Mr. Education granted Honorary Membeship of IAPCO
On Friday 14 January, Christer Carlsson was granted Honorary Life Membership of IAPCO for his services to education and training over the past 30 years. At a dinner held in the exclusive Chateau at Wolfsberg, home of IAPCO’s educational programme, Christer expressed his heartfelt appreciation of the honour.
January 2011

2010 archives

Association Management International
Housing – Is Building Better Relationships a Dream?
Transparency was once again one of the debated issues at the Housing Management Seminar at EIBTM. “Yes but what is transparency?” argues Philippe Fournier, IAPCO President, Managing Director MCI France, “I see it as an honest relationship. The hotel provides a fair rate, the PCO receives a commission for the services provided, which is not a markup but a direct recognised percentage, and the pharma groups pay a reasonable rate”. Martin N. Jensen, Head of International Congress & Events at Lundbeck, Strategic Marketing, disagrees and Xavier Guillemin, Sales Director, MICE-International, ACCOR Hotel Group, defends the hotel’s position ….
December 2010

New Members: a new country for IAPCO
IAPCO is delighted to welcome six new members this year; and in doing so is also pleased to add another country to their list of localities from where its members hail. Joelle Shammas, MD of Infomed International for Events, now represents Lebanon within IAPCO, bringing the total number of countries represented within the membership to 37.
November 2010

IAPCO & IPCAA – Managing Change
The new educational initiative from IAPCO in collaboration with the International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (IPCAA) is proving to fill a gap in the meetings training market. Designed for those with a minimum of 6 years’ decision-making experience within the industry, the theme being “Change Management – Managing Change”, the hard-hitting programme covers such topics as Understanding Procurement, The Shift from Marketing to R&D, Sustainability, Virtual & Digital Meetings.
October 2010

Awarding Excellence for 2009
IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among all sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. As part of this commitment, in 1992 IAPCO created a programme of awards to recognise excellence. International, National, Regional Client Awards together with the National Supplier Awards for 2009 have all been presented to …….
October 2010

The VAT Package
With the VAT Package, changes have been made to the rules on the place of supply of services (which determines where services are taxed) and on the refund of VAT to businesses established within the EU (to modernise and simplify the refund procedure).   The European Chapter of IAPCO fired questions at Ms Pia Michelsen of the European Commission (DG TAXUD) who explained the changes which had taken place, with particular focus on those changes which are likely to affect the members of IAPCO.
October 2010

Face to Face Meetings empower our World
The keynote session at the ICPB’s Convention India Conclave was presented by Philippe Fournier, President, IAPCO, on Conferences in the Knowledge Economy:  Face to Face Meetings are changing and empowering our World.   “We are a global world, which means global meetings!  Meetings have been a solution over the centuries and today’s globalisation can only enhance the need to meet, not, as a perceived advantage of social communication, detract.  When people meet, things happen, things change, things improve, economy rises.  Face to face meetings power the economy.”
August 2010 

IAPCO gets Tough on their Members’ Non-compliance!
IAPCO members who did not fully comply with the high quality standards set by the Association are being clearly identified on the IAPCO website. “We have to get tough” says new President, Philippe Fournier.
June 2010

Confucius say: A Clear Pond has no Fish.  Is Transparency the Enemy of Profit?
Transparency has different meanings for different clients.  Some want the assurance that all costs are included in the budget – no late surprises while others want all costs detailed in a budget and to understand who ends up with the money. The misperception of transparency is the belief that there is an obligation to know every tiny detail whereas the real obligation is to obtain value for money.
June 2010

Operational Success:  EORNA presented with IAPCO Regional Client Award
Last year Copenhagen was the host city for the European Operation Room Nurses Association Congress 2009, with 1800 delegates in the Bella Center, as a result of which, nominated by Peder Andersen of DIS Congress Services, the host of the congress was delighted to receive IAPCO’s Regional Client Award.
May 2010 

Over 3,4 B€ from leading PCOs in 2009!
The total number of meetings handled by the 100 IAPCO members rose by 9% over 2008, a staggering total of 5641 run over the year.   Association meetings rose by 15%, Governmental by 46% and Corporate meetings by just 2%, reflecting a 46% drop in the international corporate market.   The total number of participants rose from 1,968519 to 2,117915.
May 2010

SECC honour IAPCO as World Champions
In recognition of the importance that International PCOs have played over the last 25 years to the business of the SECC, representing many hundreds of international clients, the Scottish Exhibition+Conference Centre, Glasgow, recognised IAPCO with one of their 25th Anniversary Champion Awards.
May 2010

Incredible India welcomes IAPCO first Regional Seminar
62 participants from 6 of the 8 major cities in India descended on the incredible emerging valley development of Lavasa, 2.5 hours north of Mumbai.   The organiser of the regional seminar said “this is a milestone event being the first meetings industry training seminar to be held in India.   Such a strong gathering of industry professionals sustantiates the fact that this is a great step towards building intellectual capacity within the Indian industry”.
April 2010

The War for Talent
“Great and better talent is worth fighting for.  People are the only source of competitive advantage that cannot be replicated by the competition overnight”.  Energy, commitment, motivation, loyalty;  none of these characteristics can be instantly copied, “because it is the superior talent that will be tomorrow’s prime source of competitive advantage”, Oscar Maril, Praesta, Spain.
April 2010

The First e-learning Face-to-Face Meeting
Delegates have access to the internet on their laptops during the seminar, following the speakers on their electronic programmes circulated in advance.   Delegates can tune in and out of presentations as they feel appropriate to their needs.
March 2010

Understanding Procurement – Fighting Back
Purchasing, Buying, Sourcing, Supply Management, Procurement – all mean the same – all mean buying at the best price.  It is not the purchasing of raw materials that provide the greatest scope for the rise of the procurement manager, it is in the area of services, travel, investments, and yes conferences.
March 2010

France wins Presidency of IAPCO for the first time
At the recent General Assembly held in Athens, Greece, Philippe Fournier, of MCI, was unanimously elected as IAPCO’s President.  “My goal”, says Philippe, “is to prepare the members to be ready and get adapted to the changes that are coming.  Let’s lead to change by leading the trend”.
February 2010

80 of the World’s PCO leaders meet in Athens
Professional Congress Organisers (PCOs) are meeting in Athens for their annual gathering to discuss issues and answers to this tough economic period and to show that face-to-face meetings are still very important in such times. “An event is an opportunity to create a face-to-face experience and an opportunity to reach out and communicate a brand, a new technology, a new study” said Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno, “meetings have a strategic value because they are part of the corporate business marketing mix”.
February 2010

If you think Education is Expensive, try Ignorance!
It is gratifying as we look back on the credit crunch of 2009 to know that our industry of meeting professionals does not skimp on the provision of education for their employees and is continually looking forward to the future of their staff and personnel.  It is a recognised fact that the IAPCO Annual “Wolfsberg” Seminar is one of the leading educational experiences in our industry today.  More than 1750 people have attended the Seminar in its 35 years and, apart from having a great education, building on the network opportunities has given these participants a head start in their careers.
January 2010

2009 archives

Worldwide Demand for IAPCO National Seminars
IAPCO experienced a record number of requests for national seminars in 2009 and, in line with its quality policy, continues to develop its educational programme.   Quality is the goal being driven by IAPCO and, as more of these seminars are hosted, the wider the awareness of quality standards is raised.
November 2009

BE RESPONSIBLE!  IAPCO response to “EU to declare war on business trips”
The most recent decision from the EU relates to limiting business trips with the target of reducing them by 20% and replacing them with telecommunication and web-based alternatives.  Business trips embrace may aspects, an important one of which is attendance at meetings, conferences and events.   By heavily directing the limitation of business travel, and thus attendance at conferences and events, there are serious consequences further down the line.
November 2009

Making your Destination more Competitive in the Eyes of the Buyers
Today’s competitve environment for large scale meetings and events is causing destinations to have to increase their service offerings to create a competitive advantage.   What makes for good co-operation between the PCO, the convention bureaux and the conference centres?
October 2009

Get it Right the First Time – the RfP Solution from IAPCO
One of the key reasons that profitable bottom lines are eroded is due to time wasted.  In order to lessen these many wasted hours accurate information should be provided from the outset, and to assist in this IAPCO has compiled an RfP for the Appointment of a PCO for both national and international meetings.
September 2009

Increase in Virtual Meetings
The inclusion of Virtual Meetings within the conference environ is on the horizon as a normal add-on, and is to be seen as an opportunity and a challenge.
August 2009

Dictionary of Industry Terminology now available in Russian
IAPCO is delighted to bring to the marketplace the Meetings’ Industry’s leading dictionary, in fifteen languages, of over 900 words, an encyclopaedia of communication, recently translated into Russian.
August 2009

Fiera Milano Congressi wins 2008 IAPCO National Supplier Award
This important Award was given to the President Fiera Milano Congressi, Giuseppe Zola, by Patrizia Buongiorno, IAPCO President, at a recent celebratory dinner at the Palazzo Visconti in Milan.;   Giuseppe was one of the driving forces in determining the role played by FMC in the creation of a Milan system promoting the capital of Lombardy in the European City congress circuit, a fact recognised and endorsed by AIM-Group, who nominated them for the Award.
July 2009

Exhibitions are increasingly influencing the choice of destination
This was the message from the IAPCO/UFI/IPCAA Seminar during IMEX.  Simply exhibitions create value, but the destination has to be right.   But no resorts, no 5-star hotels, no spouses for the pharmaceutical industry.   Whilst influencing factors may change the face of the industry today, they merely represent change, of which destinations need to be aware when pitching for their market share.
June 2009

Anticipating 2009/2010 – it’s not all bad!
IAPCO members enjoyed yet another bumper year of growth in 2008 according to the results of the latest IAPCO annual activity survey the third in the series.   The business generated by IAPCO members during 2008 was immense, representing a 26% increase over 2007 and a combined increase of 44% over 2006.  IAPCO members continue to dominate the meetings market.
May 2009

Managing the Crisis
The recent economic and business survey from IAPCO showed that whilst 2009 was realising he expected downturn, 2010 definately shows signs of an upturn.   “This is not just a reflection of the economy” says IAPCO President, Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno “but reflects the PCOs ability to manage a crisis”.
May 2009

Jorge E. Castex appointed Honorary Member of IAPCO
Jorge Castex, who was twice President of IAPCO (1977/79 and 1990/92), has been unanimously appointed Honorary Member of the Association by the IAPCO Council.  The announcement was made during the recent IMEX Event.
May 2009

Events of an Award Winning Standard
The New Zealand Organising Committee of the International Dairy Federastion (IDF) was presented with the IAPCO 2008 International Client Award at IMEX, the worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel held in Frankfurt on 26 May 2009.
May 2009

Times could not be Better
There is the potential to say that “times could not be better for the PCO” but only if driven to meet the challenge and maximise opportunities, whilst providing a cost-effective solution and value add to clients. It is a time to hold fast, maintain staffing levels, ensure quality standards are retained and meet the challenge full on.
April 2009

Raising the Bar
IAPCO Members embrace Sustainable Practice. It is not only a moral obligation but also one of sensible business practice. We have to create a sustainable revolution, offset the environmental catastrophe and embrace the challenge. Raise the bar, be effective, failure is not an option.
April 2009

Meeting Quality – Quality Website
The corporate brand of any association, business or event is the front end, the first impression and the lasting image. It is therefore important that such a brand reflects the modern outlook, clean approach and quality brand of our Association. Meeting Quality reflects the quality of service provided by IAPCO members.
April 2009

The European Group
With 70% of IAPCO’s membership emanating from within Europe, organising over 3400 meetings per year, IAPCO’s European Group is a sizable force with which to be reckoned.  In a bid to strengthen well established links with the EU, it was gratifying to hear from the head of the conference organisation unit, SCIC D1, Isabella Quattrocchi, the esteem with which IAPCO members are held within the DGs.
March 2009

Anniversary ends in Ghent
The 40th Annual Meeting & General Assembly was held in Ghent in February, providing a fitting end to the 40th Anniversary Year of IAPCO.
February 2009

Thinking outside of the Box
Sponsorship:  Future Strategies Seminar looks at different ways of overcoming the changes in legislation imposed on the pharma industry.  IAPCO is in a position to lead the way – thinking outside of the box.
February 2009

2008 archives

Minding Your Ps and Qs
IAPCO puts the P in Professional and the Q in Quality
October 2008

Winning that Important Meeting
Detailed project management and analysis of challenges and opportunities are essential if a bid is to be successful. IAPCO’s guideline document Bidding for a Congress takes you through the steps.
September 2008

Find the Best Conference Organiser 
As the worldwide economy gets tougher so it becomes more and more important to select The Right PCO for your event.
July 2008

Planning a Convention Centre 
The latest document from the IAPCO stable of Publications provides a comprehensive set of requirements and ideal facilities for those designing new facilities or upgrading existing centres.
June 2008

IAPCO Members on a Growing Curve
The 2007 IAPCO Member Survey Results show an increase in business and a massive economic impact on local economy
April 2008

AMC vs PCO Seminar 
The Differences and Similarities of the work of an AMC and a PCO is the subject of the ‘standing room only’ seminar at IMEX
April 2008

Alumni Gathering at IMEX 
Students spanning 25 years of seminars meet for an anniversary celebratory party during IMEX
April 2008

IAPCO joins CIC 
IAPCO is invited and commits to the work of the Convention Industry Council
April 2008

Greece Wins Bid for 2010
The 2010 IAPCO Annual Meeting & General Assembly will take place in Athens
March 2008

Italy Wins Presidency
Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno is unanimously elected as the new President of IAPCO
February 2008

Move Over Gollum
IAPCO’s Annual Meeting & General Assembly takes place in New Zealand
February 2008

Wolfsberg Wait List Stuns Organisers 
IAPCO Annual Seminar sold out 3 months in advance
January 2008