The European PCO federation EFAPCO says its annual congress in Malaga, 18 January, was attended by more than 160 delegates who helped to deliver a pivotal two days in EFAPCO’s development.
The congress featured a full day of sessions exploring the myriad attractions of SMART conventioneering and the Federation’s President Luisa Ahrens Teixeira (pictured) says the destination proved to be an “impressive eco-friendly and high-tech setting”.
“Our congress programme featured a series of presentations from leading Spanish innovators, including an introduction to the concept of a SMART city from the Mayor of Malaga Francisco de la Torre,” she says.
Equally important to PCOs from EFAPCO’s member countries, according to the federation, was the second day’s examination of progress made on its three-pillared research programme focused on pan-European issues, including PCOs’ professional standards; research into the teaching of Event Management; the economic impact generated by PCO activity; the creation of PCO qualification systems; and the work undertaken within all of EFAPCO’s member countries.
“This congress took place at a key time in the development of our federation,” says Sam van de Kerckhof, Co-ordinator for the three-pillared project. “Our role has been to unite national PCO associations in order to speak as a single authoritative voice in the interest of promoting and defending the various professions that operate in the meetings and events industry.
“A year ago in Prague we worked on the structure of a European Observatory on the meetings industry working under the EFAPCO umbrella. The research has become much more than a satellite project. It was devised to become the engine of the federation.”
One of the core projects presented at the congress, involved a questionnaire seeking information from all EFAPCO members about their structure and conference and events activities. The results are expected to be available in time for IMEX in Frankfurt in May.
EFAPCO’s researchers have also launched a survey analysing the event management education courses currently available in universities, colleges and schools across Europe.
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