ABPCO’s 25th Annual Conference secures highest attendance ever

The Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO) has hailed its 25th annual conference as the “most successful ever”, recording the largest attendance figures to date.
 
For its silver anniversary year, ABPCO decided to hold its annual conference at London’s Barbican Centre (25-27 January) and attracted 170 delegates to its gala dinner in the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral, which also played host to ABPCO’s first ever awards ceremony.
 
The first day of the ABPCO conference was opened by keynote speaker Dr Graeme Codrington, who delivered a presentation on the future and what major changes lie ahead. Day two focused on ‘hot topics’, finishing with a panel debate in a plenary session. Key issues discussed included subvention, Wi-Fi in the context of ABPCO’s Conference Cloud campaign, and hybrid events.
 
“We were delighted with the turnout at ABPCO’s 25th anniversary conference this year; it was a tremendous success,” ABPCO Chair Michael Foreman said. “Our delegates have all been tweeting and linking in with each other post-conference, extending their networks beyond the event itself, and the general feeling was that ABPCO’s conferences just get better and better.”
 
Established in 1981 and formally incorporated in 1987, the association’s mission is to develop and enhance the professional status of conference and event organisers and increase the recognition given to its members as the leading representatives of the profession in the British Isles.
 
ABPCO’s members organise an estimated 3,500 conferences and events annually and spend an estimated £58m each year on venues and suppliers.
 
Click here to see the ABPCO Conference 2012 gallery.
 
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