Major announcements arising from 2018 AIPC Annual Conference in London

Major announcements arising from 2018 AIPC Annual Conference in London

The 2018 AIPC Annual Conference in London UK and its component General Assembly
generated a series of key decisions and announcements arising from association
business. Amongst these were;

• The Valencia Conference Centre in Spain was declared winner of the 2018
AIPC Apex Award. The selection was made as a result of an analysis of client surveys
from 17 finalist centres made by the international market research firm Ipsos under a
rigorous set of evaluation criteria established for the Award.

The AIPC Board also recognized two runners-up in this year’s award; the
Kongresskultur Bregenz GmbH, Austria and the Palais des congrès de Montréal in

“The Apex Award is our highest honor and is therefore made on basis of the most
in-depth independent analysis of facilities and services in the industry”, said AIPC
President Aloysius Arlando. “The Award decision is entirely in the hands of centre
clients, who rate a wide range of facility qualities in order to enable Ipsos to arrive at a
conclusion that is as meaningful as it is prestigious”.

• The Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala
Lumpur was selected as the site of the 2021 AIPC Annual Conference. This
prestigious KL centre will represent an Asian rotation and again demonstrate the
global coverage of AIPC while offering insights into a rapidly growing area of the

• A new Board member was elected as a part of the General Assembly:
Julianne Jammers, Managing Director of the Swiss Tech Convention Center in
Lausanne, Switzerland. Ms. Jammers will serve a two-year term as a Board Member at

• Ten new members were welcomed to the association in 2018. They are;
the Aotea Centre, Auckland; the United Nations Conference Centre – UNCC, Addis
Ababa; the Bhiraj Convention Centre, Bangkok; the Hangzhou International Expo
Center; the Jyväskylä Congress Centre; the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition
Centre, Kuala Lumpur; the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York; the Palau de
Congressos de Palma (Mallorca); the ICS International Congresscenter Stuttgart and
the Tel Aviv Convention Center.

We are proud to welcome these new members to the AIPC family, representing as they
do a cross section of our very global industry and membership”, said AIPC President
Aloysius Arlando. “Their involvement even further broadens our reach and status as a
truly global body with world-wide representation and all the experiences and insights
that implies – something that benefits every member of our organization”

The 2018 AIPC Annual Conference took place at ExCel London.
AIPC 2019 will be held at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp,
Belgium. This will be the 61st full conference of the international organization which
also convenes 5 additional specialist and regional events per year in various parts of
the world.