The European Federation of Associations of Professional Congress Organisers is heading to EU ‘capital’ Brussels for its 4th Congress, with hopes of gaining further political recognition of the PCO profession.
EFAPCO’s biennial Congress, set for 8-9 January 2010, has a proposed theme of ‘Sustainability and Competitiveness in the Meetings Industry’.
Federation president Nicolas Le Brun (pictured) says: “I hope that in addition to EFAPCO members, supporters and associates we will be able to welcome some of the EU’s most senior officials and members involved in the development of Europe as the world’s leading meetings continent.
“The Federation is dedicated to securing greater economic and political recognition for the professionalism of European PCOs and to creating a rolling programme of global – and European – networking to help our profession stay at the cutting edge of congress travel and tourism.”
EFAPCO has just welcomed France as its 10th national association member, represented by Foires, Salons & Congres de France.
The current 10 national PCO associations represent over 1,000 companies active in the meetings industry, and Le Brun hopes to have at least 12 full members by 2010.
In the meantime, EFAPCO is to hold its 2009 General Assembly in Portugal on 23 January, at the Feira Internacional de Lisboa, Centro de Reunioes.