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
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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.
Friday February 5, 2021
Plenary at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC) saw a return to live music for the first time since March 2020, with renowned international singer and songwriter Ben Folds performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Sunday January 31st and Monday February 1st.
MCEC is now able to host events at up to 75 per cent capacity per event space, to a maximum of 5,000 attendees, following the implementation of stringent health and safety measures, seeing Ben Folds as the first live performer to return to the venue since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced.
Darren Waite, Director of Sales at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, said MCEC was excited to have Ben Folds and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as the debut for the return of live music at the venue.
“We were thrilled to welcome Ben Folds and the MSO as the first musicians to perform in MCEC’s Plenary since we closed our doors early in 2020” he said.
“We welcomed on average 1600 attendees each night of the concert and received extremely positive feedback to our Venue Safe plan. It was fantastic to see such respect from attendees as they followed strict protocols regarding queuing, temperature checks and the use of QR codes”
“At MCEC we are incredibly proud to be acknowledged as a standout venue for COVID-safety, which means we can host world class performers like Ben, safely. We look forward to this being the start of return of business events, exhibitions and conferences at MCEC.”
Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our time; a renowned pop artist as well as a critically-acclaimed classical music composer, and best-selling author. Known for his musical versatility across the pop and classical genres, Folds has travelled the globe performing with some of the world’s best orchestras for over a decade.
“I grew up playing in orchestras, so being on stage with one feels like home to me,” Folds said.
Conducted by Benjamin Northey, Ben Folds with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra took places at the Plenary on Sunday 31 January and Monday 1 February.
MCEC’s comprehensive VenueSafe Plan can be viewed here.