Venues & Events
Education flourishes for IAPCO National Seminars
- Category: Venues & Events
- Created on Friday, 04 May 2012 10:02
Education flourishes for IAPCO National SeminarsContrary to some popular opinion, the economic climate is not preventing participants from taking part in education and high-standard quality training. In March 2012, IAPCO partnered with two Convention Bureaux to bring their IAPCO National/Regional Seminar to specific destinations.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, hosted by MyCEB, attracted over 70 participants from all sectors of the meetings industry; whilst Vilnius, Lithuania, supported by the EU, hosted 50 participants, by invitation only, to their training opportunity.
In both cases, the main focus was on, not only attracting international association meetings to their destinations, but also to ensure quality-driven deliverables. And sessions covering social media, e-marketing and e-communication attracted considerable interest and discussion. Future Seminars are in the pipeline.
Commenting on the seminars, André Vietor, Chair of the IAPCO Training Academy said, "We were very pleased to go to both Kuala Lumpur and Vilnius. Education and training is key and IAPCO is keen to contribute to raise the level of knowledge and standards for industry players in all parts of the world".
MyCEB organises training to boost the business event industry in SE Asia
Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) brought together an impressive ensemble of experienced world-class speakers, namely Mathias Posch, President of the International Conference Services (ICS) Canada, Sarah Storie-Pugh, Administrator, IAPCO, and André Vietor, Managing Director of Viajes Iberia Congresos, Spain, to share their knowledge bringing a wealth of practical experience on a range of hot industry topics particularly in areas that would improve the region's competitiveness globally in the business tourism market.
The seminar also provided up to 10 hours of continuing education that could be applied towards the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) programme. This is in line with the aim of both IAPCO and MyCEB to encourage conference organizers to acquire international certification.
Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer, MyCEB said, "This was an initiative created by MyCEB together with IAPCO to empower our industry players, especially event planners, with updated knowledge on the global scene of the business events industry. Participants were encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to listen to the dynamic team of experts speaking at this seminar".
Vilnius Open hosts first IAPCO Seminar in Lithuania
"Vilnius Convention Bureau was proud to host the first IAPCO National Seminar in the country believing that this exceptional training opportunity would provide a substantial amount of practical information and invaluable knowledge to the participants" said Jolanta Beniulienė, Director, Vilnius Convention Bureau.
High ranking presenters from the industry shared their knowledge and expertise with the 50 invited participants who attended the 2½ day training seminar. Sarah Storie-Pugh, IAPCO; Patrizia Semprebene Buongiorno, Managing Director, AIM Group International; and Sarah Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Congrex-UK, combined to form a formidable teaching faculty.
"The IAPCO's educational programme provided specialist training not only for professional congress organisers and meeting planners, but to all sectors who play a key role in the meeting industry market" continued Jolanta, "The programme was prepared in consultation with the IAPCO Training Academy and I assure you that the participants benefited highly from it".