U.S.-based Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has acquired Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP), as the two organisations have announced. Based in Singapore, ICESAP provides education, career development and networking for corporate, agency and supplier professionals in the Asia Pacific (APAC) business events sector.
ICESAP will continue to operate in the region under the ICESAP brand and PCMA will retain the current ICESAP staff and Singapore office headquarters, led by President Nigel Gaunt. The move supports PCMA’s goal to bring education to APAC. One of ICESAP’s key objectives is strengthening the role of intermediary agencies across Asia Pacific. Earlier this year, ICESAP launched the Agency Accreditation Scheme, a new accreditation supporting industry professionalism. The program ensures agencies operate at the highest possible standards by meeting or exceeding the Code of Conduct and prescribed Best Practices guidelines stipulated in the scheme.