As the 52nd International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA) Congress in Shanghai opened at the weekend, the association honoured founding CEO of the Adelaide Convention Centre, Pieter van der Hoeven with an honorary life membership.
Van der Hoeven was president of ICCA between 1994 and 1998 and helped pave the way for China’s inclusion in the organisation in 1997.
He was at the helm of the Adelaide Convention Centre for 21 years until 2006 and was instrumental in bringing the ICCA world congress to Adelaide in 1990.
In recent years, Van der Hoeven and business partner Gary Kieseker, operating as PG International Consulting, have worked on a number of international and domestic convention centre-related developments in cities including Moscow, Kuching, Port Elizabeth (South Africa) and Melbourne.
ICCA’s Best PR Award, also announced at the Congress, went to with Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), with its “hard-nosed and scientific” measurement of ROI impressing the judges.
KLCC GM Peter Brokenshire (pictured with team) said: “The KLCC is honoured to receive the inaugural ICCA PR Award and we congratulate all finalists. This accolade is dedicated to the KLCC team and our support agency who in every way make up part of the story that culminates in this award, and we hope that by sharing our approach at the Media and PR session here at the Congress, we can offer informative and valuable insights that can be helpful learning tips to our industry counterparts.”
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