IAPCO and AIPC announce strategic collaboration

Date: 25/10/2021


Today, October 25th 2021, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between IAPCO and AIPC, with the aim to establish a strategic partnership around three axes, all focusing on creating a better, in-depth understanding of the activities of the member organizations: research, visibility, and education.

Julianne Jammers, Board Member of AIPC said: “Alliances will be important to our industry. As IAPCO is an organization of our clients this should be a step to getting closer in terms of understanding common challenges and managing expectations.” This was echoed by the President of AIPC, Greg O’Dell: “The pandemic has clearly demonstrated that the best way to grow as an industry is to learn from each other. A structured and structural collaboration with IAPCO will definitely support this process.”

When it comes to research, IAPCO and AIPC will conduct a joint yearly research activity, the results of which are of benefits to the members of both organizations. The first activity will be on the different aspects of hybrid events and the results will be shared with the IAPCO and AIPC members by the time IBTM takes place.

As for visibility and education: IAPCO and AIPC will create different forums, allowing to exchange knowledge on specific topics of interest to the member associations and will also leverage existing communication channels to facilitate that exchange.

Ori Lahav, President of IAPCO said: “Having clear understandings and an appreciation of stakeholders’ objectives will remain of utmost importance as IAPCO members continue to drive economic recovery of cities and knowledge-exchange between communities.  The strategic collaboration with AIPC will further enhance the value of services PCOs and Convention Centres deliver to their clients.  Research will provide the needs assessment; education will provide us with the tools and visibility across our networks and our own communities will strengthen relationships and drive results.  We are thrilled to establish such a valuable partnership with AIPC.”

IAPCO and AIPC have a shared ambition: raise the standards of service to excellence. This collaboration is another step of making this a tangible reality and the teams of both organizations are looking forward to co-creating value for the respective memberships.


About AIPC –The International Association of Convention Centres: Founded in 1958, AIPC is a global network of some 190 leading centres in 61 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals. Its mission is to encourage, support and recognize excellence in convention centre management, based on the diverse experience and expertise of its international membership, and it maintains a full range of educational, research, networking and management standards programmes in order to achieve this. AIPC recognises and actively promotes the essential role of the international meetings industry in supporting economic, academic and professional development in communities where its members are located as well as enhancing global relations amongst diverse business and cultural interests worldwide.

For more information, visit www.aipc.org or contact the AIPC Secretariat at secretariat@aipc.org


About IAPCO – The International Association of Professional Congress Organizers – IAPCO, with more than 52 years of history representing today 138 companies comprised of over 10,273 professional congress organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 40 countries. The IAPCO mission is to raise the standards of service amongst its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of accreditation, continuing education and interaction with other professionals.

For more information, visit www.iapco.org or contact IAPCO at caroline@iapco.org 

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