The International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) gathered over 50 participants from eight countries for the 2015 Asia Pacific Summit, its regional training and professional development programme that took place this year in Singapore on 22 October.
Like its predecessor the AIPC Africa Summit, held in Johannesburg in February this year, the AIPC Asia Pacific Summit assembled a range of industry expertise to focus on key elements of convention centre management. AIPC’s objectives for the session were to identify how the industry in this region compares with global competitors and how its position within the overall market could be enhanced.
“Education and exchange are two of the most important things we do as an organisation, so it only makes sense that this is where we are focusing in our regional development,” said AIPC president Geoff Donaghy. “By tapping into both global insights as well as that of top regional representatives, we created a good sense of context that is important to centres and destinations seeking to grow their business presence in the most effective way”.
The AIPC Asia Pacific Summit was held in partnership with the Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (SACEOS) and took place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre during the TravelRave trade show that brought together many elements of the broader industry community.
Weemin Ong, chair of education and professional development for SACEOS, said: “The concept of the AIPC Asia Summit is aligned with SACEOS’s professional development vision for the industry, as it brings together the regional professional community to co-create content that is not only relevant to Asia but also set within a global context. We believe in a ‘For the industry, by the industry’ approach to professional development and we are sure that every single attendee of the AIPC Asia Pacific Summit benefited in this knowledge exchange, the first of its kind for the industry within Asia.
As well as offering a CEO perspective on industry development, the Summit offered panel of regional and international clients who shared their perspectives on current event-related challenges and the ways that convention centres could best attract and support their business.
Aloysius Arlando, CEO of Singex and AIPC vice-president, one of those highly instrumental in pulling together all the programme elements, said: “Events like this one help our members better organise themselves to prevail amongst that global competition, and by doing so, to more effectively support their respective communities in meeting their overall economic aspirations.”
AIPC’s key dates for its professional education going forward, include:
Barcelona, 15-16 November, 2015
Brussels, 14-19 February
Johannesburg, 22 February
Frankfurt, 16 April
Nantes, 3-6 July