President’s message

Date: 01/09/2022


Dear AIPC Member,

2022 has been an interesting year so far. After two years of pandemic, face-to-face meetings are back. AIPC research indicates that most of the members believe they will reach the 2019 levels again in 2023. More information on this research, of which the results were shared during the Annual Conference, can be found here. At the same time, the economic outlook is looking less positive. International tensions, climate change and a disrupted labor market all have a significant impact on the global community of convention centers, going from soaring food and energy prices to lack of staff.

More than ever, it is important that the AIPC community connects and learns from each other. In the next month, a series of events will take place – from digital roundtables to face-to-face summits – all focusing on sharing knowledge and best practices on a wide range of topics. Detailed information on dates and agendas can be found in this newsletter and I encourage you to participate whenever possible.

We will also launch the second edition of Future Shapers, the AIPC talent programme. This programme is very close to my heart and the outcome of the first edition was a demonstration of the wealth of talent we have in our organizations. The two business concepts which were developed as part of the programme – and presented at the Annual Conference – are now in the process of being turned into actual products, which will be of benefit to the entire AIPC community. If you want to find out more about the projects, have a look at these videos. The selection process for the next edition is about to start – so if you have any upcoming talent in your organization which you want to give the opportunity to shine on a global stage, please have a look at the selection criteria and process.

Finally, while digitalization – both at the level of the facilities and the event platforms – continuous to evolve at warp-speed, we should also recognize that more attention should be given to cyber security. In order to share knowledge on this sensitive topic, AIPC has launched a cyber security task force. The objective is twofold: to share information on actual incidents in a confidential way and to define and share best practices on how to be better prepared for such incidents. This will be done in partnership with Paratus, a global cyber security company. The importance of the topic cannot be overestimated, so please join the initiative – more information can be found here.

As you can see, a lot is happening at AIPC and on behalf of the entire Board I would like to thank you for your input and support, which makes all of this possible.

Greg O’Dell
President of AIPC

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