International PCO association IAPCO marked its 50th anniversary with a record attendance for its Annual Meeting. The meeting, held in Tokyo in February, drew over 100 members and destination partners from over 32 countries, making it the largest IAPCO has ever held.
The IAPCO Annual Meeting in Tokyo was an all around success, in large due to the outstanding organisation by our Japanese friends, who took care of every detail and truly captured the IAPCO spirit, said the association’s president Mathias Posch. Feedback on the meeting scored second highest of all time, missing the top spot by a mere fraction of a percent.
The successful collaboration between IAPCO and the host, Congress Corporation, also involved co-operation with other IAPCO members, JCS and JTB.
The Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) and various cities throughout Japan provided offered familiarisation trips to various cities, pre- and post- conference.
One highlight of the Tokyo Annual Meeting programme was a panel discussion, entitled Lost in Translation, which focused on the cultural nuances that make all the difference to international clients/PCOs when bringing meetings to Japan, alongside a spectacular cultural social programme which allowed for plenty of networking.
IAPCO brand awareness and membership growth in Asia was a key focus of the association’s strategic plan.
Jan Tonkin, immediate past president of IAPCO, said: “Looking back on my two years as president I am particularly proud of the increased reach IAPCO has achieved in Asia Pacific. It is an incredibly diverse region where the meetings industry continues to grow in strength rapidly. We have welcomed new members from the region, raised our profile at the key industry trade shows and have held educational seminars in Kuala Lumpur, Suzhou and Taipei, with more taking place in both Suzhou and Taipei in April.”