The International Association of Convention Centres is the industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre managers worldwide
The Board of Directors is responsible for the overall direction of the Association, and makes all decisions necessary to further the aims of the Association in the best interests of Members
The purpose of the Industry Partnerships is to ensure that the voice of AIPC is heard at all levels required to support and defend the interests of the AIPC Members
AIPC membership offers the ultimate opportunity to engage with industry colleagues and take part in a global network of international convention and exhibition centre professionals
AIPC collaborates closely with a select group of Business Partners.
Professional development is of key importance when striving for management excellence
is a workshop exclusively designed for AIPC members to help senior managers gain insights and practical tools to use as they lead their people and influence those outside their organization through this time of great change.
This interactive crisis management workshop aims to help participants prepare for a smooth, successful venue reopening period.
SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland
13-15 July 2021
AIPC provides its members with access to a wide range of resources, from research to quality standards
A selection of industry research conducted by AIPC in collaboration with its partners
A selection of industry publications which are relevant to our members
The AIPC / Ipsos Client Satisfaction Survey program
Allows convention centres to measure and report their overall economic impact
An industry-specific programme for identifying and evaluating key areas of convention centre performance
AIPC APEX award: based on the highest client ratingAIPC Innovation award: rewards “innovation”
To become a member of AIPC, you must first complete an application form. This will allow the Board of Directors to decide, based on several factors.
By becoming an AIPC Business Partner, you obtain access to a global network of 180 venues in 57 countries and you will be able to share your knowledge, demonstrate your thought leadership and showcase your products and services.
AIPC Holds Its First Hybrid Annual Conference Ever
In-person events and conferences have changed for good, but AIPC’s Annual Conference shows that a focus on collaboration and regeneration could breathe new life into the events ecosystem.
BRUSSELS (October 2, 2020) –
The COVID-19 pandemic shook many industries to their core, and arguably few more so than the events sector. On 24th and 25th September 2020 AIPC — the International Association of Convention Centres — held their first hybrid annual conference in Paris.
For the first time in the association’s history, the conference was attended by people both on-site and online. 25 AIPC members from across Europe travelled to the French Capital to attend the event, and 125 unique participants logged on to join the conference remotely — marking a distinct shift in format for organisers.
Despite the ongoing threat of the virus, the conference successfully upheld high-standards of safety and security for those attending in-person. AIPC simultaneously delivered exceptional content packed with valuable insights about the future of the events sector.
Much of the focus of this year’s conference was dedicated to conversations around collaboration, regeneration and the opportunities of innovation. The event hosted a panel debate on The Economic Model of Hybrid Events which brought together members to discuss, explore and share ideas. Having voices and expertise from all across the world brought a unique perspective to this year’s conference.
Following that, the keynote speaker, Mark Gallagher — armed with his background in Formula 1 — delivered an insightful and reassuring speech for business leaders. Gallagher explained that despite being one of the highest classes of international sports F1 has been involved in its fair share of crises throughout its history. Through leadership, collaboration and an instinctive desire to regenerate, the industry has always continued to pivot and thrive as the need has arisen.
Gallagher explained that the situation facing the events sector is no different. COVID-19 has disrupted the traditional model — meaning it’s now time for the industry to reposition and reinvent itself.
Aloysius Arlando, President of AIPC, commented:
While those participating remotely may have missed out on the traditional in-person networking opportunities, the virtual space provided members with a significantly broader platform and access to unique and thought-provoking content.
The feedback from members towards the AIPC hybrid annual conference indicated a positive step in the right direction for the future format of events.
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