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Hilmar Guckert elected to AIPC’s International Board of Directors

The spokesman of the Management Board of DüsseldorfCongress, Hilmar Guckert, has been elected as Treasurer to the Board of AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres.
AIPC represents a global network of over 170 leading centres in 54 countries with the active involvement of more than 900 management-level professionals – DüsseldorfCongress has been a member with the CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf for many years now.

At the General Assembly in Cape Town, Geoff Donaghy (CEO of the International Convention Centre Sydney and Group Director - Convention Centres AEG Ogden) was elected as the new AIPC President. He succeeds Edgar Hirt (Managing Director of the CCH Congress Center Hamburg) who fulfilled the role of President for the past six years. The new Vice-President is Peter Gunn (Chief Executive of the Bournemouth International Centre).

In addition to current Board members Aloysius Arlando (Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre) and Iker Goikoetxea (Managing Director of the Kursaal Congress Center, San Sebastian), newly elected members of the Board are: Jim Rooney (CEO of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Boston) and Jan van den Bosch (Executive VP of the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre).

“This means Düsseldorf joins the ranks of top international congress metropolises providing favourable momentum for the congress business in the North Rhine-Westphalian capital,” said Hilmar Guckert on his election. As a new Board Member Hilmar Guckert wants to harness his long-standing experience in the meeting and event industry for the world association. With his cross-industry knowledge he wants to enable the Association to target and tap into existing potential and generate synergies. His extensive network in the German and European meeting industry is expected to promote cross-body exchange of know-how and strategies. The aim is to better pitch the importance of international congress centres and increase their market share in this way.

Düsseldorf is among the leading destinations for congresses in Germany. The CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf alone attracts nearly 500,000 visitors annually. Over the past few years it has hosted numerous major, international congresses. Examples include Europe’s largest Multiple Sclerosis Congress ECTRIMS with 6,000 delegates or the BIO-Europe Congress attracting 3,000 participants. For Turbo Expo, a congress and exhibition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 4,000 participants are expected next year. On a regular basis the state capital hosts scientific congresses – predominantly in the fields of medicine and LifeScience. In canvassing such events DüsseldorfCongress cooperates closely with the Heinrich-Heine-University, to name but one partner. Further focal areas of expertise of the congress destination Düsseldorf include chemistry, pharmaceuticals and industrial technology.

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