Dubai concludes 48th IAPCO annual meeting

IAPCO members collectively organize over 8,500 meetings per year with an economic impact of over US$5.3 billion per year

Issam Kazim.
Issam Kazim.
Delegates of the 48th IAPCO in Dubai.
Delegates of the 48th IAPCO in Dubai.

Dubai successfully concluded the 48th International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly, which took place on February 16-19 at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights.

Hosted by Dubai-based IAPCO member company Meeting Minds Experts, and supported by Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, the gathering hoped to fortify Dubai’s position as a knowledge hub.

Dubai is the first city in the GCC to host an IAPCO Annual Meeting & General Assembly, and attracted 120 participants from over 30 countries. This made it one of the largest IAPCO meetings to be held since its first meeting in 1969.

It is estimated that members of IAPCO collectively organise over 8,500 meetings per year with an economic impact of over US$5.3 billion per year.

Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) chief executive officer Issam Kazim said: “We are extremely honoured for the opportunity to host an event of such a calibre and welcome members of IAPCO. This further strengthens Dubai’s profile as an international business event destination and highlights the emirate’s diversified offering – comprising global connectivity, state-of-the-art facilities, first-class infrastructure, and great hospitality – to key stakeholders who shape the business events industry.”

Over the course of four days, the meeting facilitated engaging and thought-provoking sessions that offered an exclusive opportunity for key opinion leaders and IAPCO members to network.

Members also discussed the challenges faced by the conference and convention sector in an interdependent and rapidly evolving global scenario.

Additionally, attendees explored latest trends and solutions aimed at enabling the industry to adapt to the present world.

IAPCO president Jan Tonkin said: “Dubai is one of IAPCO’s key corporate partners and a staunch supporter of the quality standard of PCOs that guide our membership. There is no doubt that Dubai has made an enormous commitment to fostering business tourism. The construction of excellent internationally-appointed facilities, a plethora of hotel accommodation that meets the needs of delegates and a wide-reaching marketing campaign have all contributed to the city’s success.”

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