CEO’s message

Date: 25/05/2022


Dear AIPC Member,

We are only a couple of days aways from IMEX, where we will celebrate the re-birth of live events. The AIPC Sales & Marketing Summit, taking place on the Sunday before IMEX, will be the perfect prelude to this celebration, with over 50 participants from over 40 convention centers in 25 countries – our global community will finally meet again! We have a great programme lined up, focusing on the exchange of best practices, lessons learned and opportunities ahead in a very interactive way and I look forward to welcoming you in Frankfurt.

Next up will be the AIPC Annual Conference, taking place in Budapest (July 4-6). This year’s theme is “Re-Shaping The Future”, reflecting the transformation our industry is going through. Our hosting member, HUNGEXPO, has equally gone through an impressive conversion and will function as the perfect background for a very interactive and energizing programme. We will have inspiring speakers from outside our industry talking about innovation, like Christian Sauska, CEO of Sauska Wineries, who will explain how they re-invented the Hungarian wine industry or Catherine DeVrye, Australian Executive Woman of the Year, who will speak about change and leadership. They will provide the “food for thought” for the interactive sessions planned around business development and of course for the conversations during the networking moment.

The Annual Conference will also be the moment where our Future Shapers will unveil their ideas for re-shaping the future of convention centers. These 14 upcoming leaders from across the globe have been going through a 9-month talent programme organized by AIPC and they have come up with two amazing concepts, which they will present on main stage, with the participants to the conference as jury. I am sure you will be impressed by the ideas and the work done.

In parallel to organizing the Summit and the Annual Conference, we also launched other initiatives, like the AIPC Start-Up Lab or the first ever AIPC Africa Summit, which will support to achieve the core mission of AIPC: encourage, support and recognize excellence in convention center management. More to come in the next months!

I look forward to seeing you soon, either in Frankfurt or in Budapest.


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