The Rwanda Convention Bureau and IAPCO (the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers) have signed a destination partnership agreement, which the association hopes will expand its reach in Africa.
Having previously established destination partnerships in Europe, North America, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Australasia, Rwanda completes IAPCO’s stable of regionally exclusive global partnerships.
Announcing the agreement at IMEX America in Las Vegas, the sides said they hoped to create high quality platforms for the exchange of knowledge, business and cultural understanding.
IAPCO now has 130 company members across 41 countries, representing more than 7,500 professional congress organisers and meeting professionals.
“It is essential that we, as PCOs, are kept up-to-date with developments, facilities and benefits that will assist us in making key recommendations for our clients,” said Mathias Posch, President of IAPCO. “We are extremely excited about this collaboration and look forward to working closely with this vibrant and forward thinking city and country”.
“Having Kigali as a partner of IAPCO is extremely important for Rwanda, not just for the fact that the city is the only representative in Africa within IAPCO, but also for the exclusive range of opportunities and advantages that this partnership provides us, to showcase the unique congress and events infrastructure that our city has,” declared Frank Murangwa, Director of MICE Destination Marketing, Rwanda Convention Bureau. “There is no doubt that as a partner of IAPCO we will consolidate Kigali as one of the most desired destinations in Africa for meetings, congresses and events.”