Bournemouth’s Peter Gunn elected to AIPC Board

International
convention centre network AIPC elected a new President and Board at its
recent 2013 Annual Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Bournemouth
International Centre Chief Executive, Peter Gunn (pictured), was
appointed Vice-President.

Winners of the 2013 AIPC Innovation Award were also announced at the conference.

CEO
of International Convention Centre Sydney and Director of Convention
Centres for AEG Ogden, Geoff Donaghy, is the new AIPC President and he
is joined on the Board by Treasurer Hilmar Guckert, Managing Director of
the CCD Congress Centre Dusseldorf, Germany and new Board members Jan
van den Bosch, Executive VP of the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre,
Netherlands and Jim Rooney, CEO of the Massachusetts Convention Center
Authority Boston, USA.

The 2013 AIPC Innovation Awards for
creative programme development in the areas of convention centre
management, marketing and operations were won by Fira de Barcelona for
their Near Field Communication Badge and the Massachusetts Convention
Center Authority, Boston for their Event Management System with Mobile
Interface.

“I’m both grateful and excited to be taking over the
AIPC leadership at a time when the challenges being faced by both the
industry as a whole and convention centres specifically are increasingly
being seen as opportunities for those with more innovative approaches,”
said Donaghy. “In particular I think we have a great opportunity to
advance the role and image of centres as vehicles for broad economic
development of the sort required by governments around the world, and
that is an area where AIPC can make a real contribution.

“At the
same time, we have a responsibility to support our members by supplying
them with further research, programme and educational resources that
will help them to address their own needs more effectively, and I will
be working toward this throughout my tenure as President.”

Gunn said; “I am very much looking
forward to working with Geoff Donaghy and the AIPC Board in shaping and
supporting their agenda to promote the economic importance of
conferencing both internationally and in the UK. One of my interests in
particular is around supporting the next generation of leaders in our
industry by identifying and supporting  training and development
opportunities.”

AIPC
represents a global network of 170 leading centres in 54 countries and
boasts the active involvement of more than 900 management-level
professionals worldwide.

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