International PCO association IAPCO has announced it is to take its Golden Anniversary Annual Meeting and General Assembly (AM&GA) to Switzerland in 2019. The conference will be held at the Congress Center Basel, 14-17 February, and will be organised by IAPCO member Congrex.
News of Basel’s winning bid to host the 50th IAPCO AM&GA was released during the association’s recent Annual Meeting in Dubai.
The Swiss bid was supported also by MCI Group and the government of the Swiss canton Basel-Stadt, the Swiss Convention & Incentive Bureau, the Basel Tourism & Convention Bureau, the Congress Center Basel and the Municipality of Montreux and Montreux Riviera.
The association expects its Golden Anniversary meeting to be popular among members. IAPCO has a strong legacy in Switzerland having organised the ‘Wolfsberg’ IAPCO Annual Seminars in this destination for over 40 years, although 2019 will represent only the second time the Annual Meeting will have taken place in Switzerland, the first being in 1988 in Zurich.
“The Government of the Canton Basel-Stadt is delighted that IAPCO has decided to hold its 50th Annual Meeting and General Assembly in 2019 in Basel and congratulates all supporting parties involved in the successful bid,” said Councillor Christoph Brutschin.
Congrex Switzerland MD Alain Pittet added: “I am proud that we have been elected host of the IAPCO Annual Meeting in 2019. Together with our partners and supporters we will showcase Basel and Switzerland as an ideal event destination to the world’s leading Professional Conference Organisers.”