The programme for the 2013 International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting, which takes place on 14-17 February in Dublin, will focus on what the modern PCO has to do to survive and flourish within the current financial climate.
Working from the theme ’Riding the winds of change – new strategies for PCOs’, IAPCO hopes the Annual Meeting will become a platform for what promises to be an evolution in the way that PCOs operate within the international marketplace. It will feature some of the leading speakers in the field, from both Ireland and abroad, alongside workshops.
“Real long-term strategic partnerships are the next step in our industry,” says European Director, Association Relations at MCI, Jean Evans. “We need to be complete service providers to our clients, growing alongside them over the long term and help to drive progress in everything they do. We plan to use the IAPCO Annual Meeting here in Dublin to set out the framework for how a PCO can not only be a proponent of this change, but how they can drive it.”
The meeting is expected to be opened by the Minister for Tourism, Leo Varadkar, who will address attendees coming from 100 organisations in 41 countries. Between them, IAPCO members organise over 6,600 meetings worldwide, with attendees totalling over 2.285m, representing an economic impact of €3.71bn (£3.03bn).
“A strong business tourism industry is one of the best export industries a country can have,” says MD at Keynote PCO, Noel Mitchell. “It not only brings in foreign currency, but it also shows in clear terms to a professional audience the benefits of doing business there. Instead of blandly saying ’we are open for business’, the conference sector actively demonstrates it.”
The meeting will also show the best that Ireland has to offer through a planned social programme. Opening with a St Valentines Day themed cocktail party in the Westbury Hotel, the programme also includes a Gala Dinner at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, a drinks reception in the Convention Centre Dublin and an Irish Night in the Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery.
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