Japan has won the bid to host the 49th Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) in 2018. Events will take place in two Japanese cities: the Annual Meeting & General Assembly will convene in Tokyo following Council Meetings in Osaka. IAPCO made the announcement during the recent Annual Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.
IAPCO has seen significant growth in membership from the Asian region, and in 2013 a Japanese member was elected to the council for the first time in 20 years. Tokyo 2018 will be the first time in 22 years that the IAPCO meeting will return to Asia (Bali, Indonesia 1996). It will be the second time Japan has hosted the event (Chiba, 1993).