RAI, ACS and AIPC join forces for Annual Conference – Digital

Date: 15/06/2021


In today’s challenging environment, AIPC is committed to bringing our community and the greater meetings industry together to share experiences and insights and together shape the future of convention center management in a post-COVID world.

As the different regions of the world are at different stages of pandemic battle efforts, we recognize that bringing the entire AIPC community physically together will be challenging this year.

Therefore, AIPC will organize a hybrid version of the Annual Conference (AC) in 2021 – AC:D (Annual Conference: Digital) will take place on 9th and 12 of July live from a studio at RAI Amsterdam; and AC:L (Annual Conference: Live) will take place on-site  in Lausanne, Switzerland on 13th and 14th of July. We believe that given our operating circumstances, this arrangement will offer the best possible experience to AC participants, in a format which is best fit for purpose and convenience.

The AC:D – which will run on Friday July 9th and Monday July 12th – will offer 2 x 20 hours of content and debate designed based on time-zone blocks for Asia, Europe and Americas and recorded for future consumption. This will allow participants to enjoy a full conference programme, wherever they are based. Short and inspiring lectures on the topics listed above will be combined with roundtables and workshops, enabling interaction and networking.  Sessions will also be recorded and made available to the participants.

For the delivery of the Digital Annual Conference, AIPC has joined forces with ACS audiovisual solutions and RAI Amsterdam.

ACS audiovisual solutions has been a longstanding business partner of AIPC and has always been involved in the Annual Congresses as a provider of audiovisual services. For this edition, ACS will provide a very different service: the production of the Digital AIPC Annual Conference, which comes very close to the production of a TV-show.

Jarno de Boer, Business Development Manager ACS: “Because of Covid many of our clients had to make a sudden switch from live to online. We at ACS recognized the challenges that venues and organisers encounter in this process and developed a pallet of digital services that enables them to create powerful online and hybrid events.  We are happy that we can support the AC:D version of the annual conference of AIPC and are sure that it will give participants the opportunity to make the most out of it!”

Next to a professional production team, AIPC also required a high-tech studio. Being a longstanding member and supporter of AIPC, RAI Amsterdam kindly offered the use of its brand-new studio, providing the perfect setting for delivering upon the high ambitions.

Maurits van der Sluis, COO RAI Amsterdam explains: “In July 2012 we welcomed 180 CEO’s, Directors and Marketing Managers of at least 150 convention centres from around the world at RAI Amsterdam during the AIPC Annual Conference. I am happy that with this new technology we are able to connect and interact with each other during the event this year, on the 9th and 12th of July, but I can’t wait to see all my colleagues live again in 2022”.

By joining forces, we believe we will be able to deliver a unique and engaging experience to participants across the globe and we look forward to welcoming you.

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