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Aloysius Arlando to step away from Constellar in Singapore

Aloysius Arlando is to step down from his role as chief executive (venues) at Constellar Holdings (formerly SingEx). He will leave on 30 September 2021, in pursuit of personal interests. Announcing the management change, Constellar Holdings said newly appointed Group CEO, Jean-François Quentin, will oversee all matters, including venue management, from 1 October 2021. In events, he will be support...

AIPC awards Shaw Centre with its World’s Best Convention Centre APEX accolade

The Shaw Centre, in Ottawa has been awarded the International Association of Conference Centres’ (AIPC) APEX award for ‘World’s Best Convention Centre’. The award is granted every two years in recognition of the highest rating on client surveys received by a convention centre. An independent ‘blind’ evaluation process carried out by Ipsos international market research company, an...

AIPC announces first 15 successful applicants to its Future Shapers programme

The Association of International Convention Centres (AIPC) has announced 15 successful applicants into its inaugural Future Shapers programme, which kicks off 15 September 2021. The 12 month programme has been designed to support venue managers to develop their high performers, accelerate their leadership skills and provide them with a platform to influence outcomes and improve the industry. AIPC ...

Melbourne CEC’s CEO appointed new AIPC vice-president

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has announced its chief executive Peter King’s appointment as vice-president of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC)’s Executive Council. Founded in 1958, AIPC is a global network of some 190 leading centres in 61 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals. King says he is excited to ...

AIPC launches Future Shapers

On 9 June, the Association of International Convention Centers (AIPC) launched Future Shapers at its 2021 AIPC Annual Conference. This programme is intended to support venue managers to develop their high performers, accelerate their leadership skills and improve the industry. One of the key challenges facing the venue management industry, having been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, is to r...

Nanjing CIMICEC conference hears MICE industry recovery rate in the region reached 67% in 2020

The China International MICE Conference (CIMICEC) attracted 500 domestic and international industry leaders to the eastern city of Nanjing, 15 April. The conference was hosted at the Nanjing International Expo Convention Center and discussion centred on the theme of ‘MICE makes for better cities’, both in an economic and social sense. The conference opening ceremony was attended by Jin Weidong, pr...

Why venues need to meet the challenge of reinventing themselves

AIPC CEO Sven Bossu says venues need to meet the challenge of reinventing themselves.   Glenn D. Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, described his institute as “a laboratory of learning, a place where the most challenging and difficult art of our time can be measured against the achievements of the immediate past”. This must sound very familiar to any manager runni...

AIPC, ICCA and UFI release good practice guide for reopening events

AIPC, ICCA and UFI have released the third and updated version of their ‘Good Practice Guide: Addressing Covid-19 Requirements for Re-opening Business Events’. With an increasing number of markets around the world reopening business events, the guide aims to give businesses the confidence to reassure customers and visitors that business events can be operated in a controller manner. The report is ...

Everything will be fine

AIPC CEO Sven Bossu says venues are ready to bring back events in the next normal.   On 30 November, at 19:30, a Flemish news anchor – Martine Tanghe – retired after presenting the seven o’clock news for 42 (forty-two!) years on public television.  She has covered anything from royal weddings to natural disasters and every American president since Jimmy Carter. And her last words to her audie...

AIPC Masterclass on successful venue reopening

International venue association AIPC is offering a masterclass for venue operators keen to prepare for a smooth, successful venue reopening. For many facilities and their management, challenges around changing reopening requirements, national vaccination programmes, mutations of the Covid virus, stakeholder concerns, and media attention combine to give cause for concern around the time period in w...

ICCA presidential report covers Covid, congress, community and co-operation

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) president James Rees delivered the following presidential report to association members at the 59th General Assembly on Monday 19th October which, for the first time, was held in a virtual format. In preparing for today’s General Assembly, I have found it difficult to believe that a year has passed since we gathered for our annual congress i...

AIPC moves off the grid with first hybrid Annual Conference

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-per...