The European Federation of the Association of PCOs (EFAPCO) has welcomed a newly-formed association as its 12th member. And it is a further indication of the Brussels-based organisation’s reach into Eastern Europe. The network already embraces Europe’s 11 established associations of PCOs which makes the approval of membership of the newly-formed Slovak Association of Professional Conference and Congress Organisers (SAPCO) a double celebration.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome SAPCO as the 12th member of our Federation,” said EFAPCO President Nicolas Le Brun. “It is one of EFAPCO’s main goals to encourage the development of PCO associations in as many European countries as possible, to help raise the awareness of our profession globally and to enhance our drive for recognition of the value of congress business along EU corridors of power.
SAPCO President, Peter Kürti, said: “Our vision is to help our members to deliver the highest business and ethical standards in the management of national and international association and corporate conferences, seminars, meetings, exhibitions and special events and thereby ensure memorable meeting experiences among hosts, sponsors and participants.
“Our membership of EFAPCO will bring us closer to our common vision and we shall do our best to become a strong part of the foundations of the European PCO house. Our particular thanks go to Nicolas Le Brun and his EFAPCO colleagues for encouraging us to make this step forward. Now we are ready to learn and reshape the Slovak meeting industry for the best.”
Full members of SAPCO provide full service management for conferences including but not limited to conference design, registration, site and venue selection and booking, audiovisuals, IT support, logistics, leisure management, marketing, printing and web services, sourcing speakers, funding and sponsorship, financial management and budget control.
Slovakia is destined to attract global media coverage as host for this year’s Ice Hockey World Cup and with the country’s second largest city Kosice becoming a European Capital of Culture in 2013.
Nicolas Le Brun added: “We look forward to welcoming Slovakia to our next Board meeting, which will take place during IMEX in Frankfurt in May.”