Global venue association AIPC’s recent hybrid Annual Conference, 24-25 September, in Paris brought together 25 European members in person, with 125 unique participants logging in to proceedings online.
The conference marked a distinct shift in format for organisers and, despite the ongoing threat of the virus, it successfully upheld high- standards of safety and security for those attending in-person.
AIPC presented a programme of content packed with insights on the future of the events sector, with much of the focus dedicated to conversations around collaboration, regeneration and the opportunities of innovation.
There was a panel debate on The Economic Model of Hybrid Events and keynote speaker, Mark Gallagher, armed with his background in Formula 1 where he faced a fair share of crises there, delivered an insightful speech for business leaders.
Gallagher drew similarities with the situation facing the events sector and the disruption to the traditional model. It was time, he said, for the industry to reposition and reinvent itself.
AIPC president Aloysius Arlando commented: “It’s important to be sensitive and sympathetic to the widespread impact the virus has had, but now is the time to think and define our future as an industry. The path towards success in the events sector involves thinking outside-the-box and actively meeting people’s needs.”