Professional Congress Organisers from across the globe came together from February 16-19, at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, for the 2017 International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting and General Assembly.
Hosted by Dubai-based IAPCO member company Meeting Minds Experts, and supported by Dubai Business Events (DBE), this landmark event celebrated the highest recorded attendance for an IAPCO Annual Meeting taking place outside of Europe, with 115 delegates from over 30 countries participating. Dubai is the first city in the GCC region to host the IAPCO meeting and General Assembly, now in its 48th year. The event was themed around "Leading the Future, Creating Opportunities", and over the course of three days, industry leading lights took to the stage to discuss both the opportunities and the challenges facing the modern conference and convention industry.
Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: "We are extremely honoured for the opportunity to host an event of such a calibre and welcome members of IAPCO to the city we fondly call home. This further strengthens Dubai's profile as a premier 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. As our reputation of being a dynamic host city for business events grows, we anticipate further growth in the number of visitors to the emirate in line with Dubai's Tourism Vision for 2020 and the UAE Vision 2021."
The IAPCO 2017 programme was packed with keynotes, debate sessions, a destination teamwork challenge and the Driving Excellence Awards Ceremony celebrating the achievements of IAPCO members.