Istanbul will host the 2018 AIPC Annual Conference at Haliç Congress Center.
AIPC represents a global network of more than 180 leading centres in 57 countries with the active involvement of over 900 management-level professionals worldwide. AIPC also celebrates and promotes the essential role of the international meetings industry in supporting economic, academic and professional development.
The 2016 edition of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Annual Conference took place in Nantes between July 3-6 2016. A wide range of speakers and sessions addressed the key issues of diversification and adaptation during the conference.
One area receiving particular attention was the panel titled “Security and Communications: a Tactical Response to Growing Challenges” by Handan Boyce, General Manager of Haliç Congress Center.
In her speech Mrs. Handan Boyce said: “No destination is immune or safe when the subject is terror. Borders are not enough to withhold that kind of vicious mind-set, unless it is defeated with combined efforts and responsibilities of the governments. It is time to stand together and show solidarity in the greater effort to encourage and support the future of our industry and the values it stands for.”
In her speech, Mrs. Boyce exchanged the knowledge of both the security measures taken by the venues and the collaboration at all level of stakeholders and local governments as proactive responses to the challenges that the destination faced during the time of crisis.
At the last day of the conference, Handan Boyce made a presentation to the General Assembly on behalf of Istanbul for the candidacy of AIPC 2018 Annual Conference. AIPC members then voted to accept Istanbul as host of the 2018 AIPC Annual Conference.