International congress centre association AIPC has posted a surplus of £60,270 for 2008 and says it remains “financially buoyant”.
At the association’s annual congress and General Assembly, 4-8 July, at La Coruna’s Palexco, in Galicia, AIPC president and MD of CCH-Congress Centre Hamburg, Edgar Hirt, pledged to expand its education and research products, despite the difficult economic backdrop.
Hirt said: “The association’s overall mission remains to enhance quality and facility in management.”
The association has emerged from a major rebrand and although the global recession was in the forefront of discussion, Hirt stressed the association’s role was “primarily to support members in maintaining and recovering business momentum”.
Newly elected treasurer Jonas Scharf from Basel announced annual revenues of €479,088, including a surplus of over €60,000 at the conference. There was also an economic keynote from Dr Linda Yueh from the University of Oxford and a talk, ‘Positioning in a Recession: What are the new opportunities’ by brand expert Simon Anholt who said the meetings industry was in an “embarrassing” position needing an image makeover.
Next year’s conference and General Assembly comes to the BT Convention Centre Liverpool, July 2010, andAIPC delegates voted to take the 2011 event to San Diego.
BT Convention Centre general manager Jacquie Rogers was elected to the AIPC board and replaces Brighton’s Steve Piper who had completed his term and been the previous UK representative on the board.