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2011 IAPCO General Meeting coming to Dublin in 2013

The International Association of Professional Conference Organisers (IAPCO) will hold its Annual Meeting in Dublin, 14th – 17th February 2013, bringing some of the industry’s leading lights to the shores of Ireland. The conference will be organised by three of Ireland’s foremost PCOs, MCI Dublin, Conference Partners and Keynote PCO.

Jean Evans, European Director of Association Relations for MCI, said ‘The decision of IAPCO to bring their Annual Meeting to Ireland is a major boost for the indigenous industry and another tangible sign of the progress made in the raising of standards within the Irish meetings industry over the last decade. We are now one of Europe’s top meetings destinations and can offer the best in the industry the best service available.’

Ireland has made major infrastructural changes to its meetings industry, reinventing the Dublin landscape with a new state-of-the-art convention centre, more world-class hotels and improved transport links that has made it the 2nd most accessible city in Europe. As a result of these changes and after a significant reduction in the cost of doing business in Ireland, the World Bank has named the country in the top ten places in the world to do business.

Nicola McGrane, Managing Director of Conference Partners, said ‘Ireland has changed dramatically and has rapidly become not only a prime tourist destination but also a top-class business destination for international travelers. This combination of social activities and business facilities make Ireland an ideal host for IAPCO 2013 and we are delighted to have the opportunity to show what this country can do.’

The IAPCO General Meeting is held every year and the participants are drawn from top-level management working in the worlds leading Professional Conference Organisers. IAPCO now has more than 100 members in over 35 countries and is the largest association of its type in the world, with its members organising in excess of 5600 meetings totaling over 2.11 million participants and more than half a million square meters of exhibits, representing an economic impact of over €3.43 billion.

Keith McCormack from Failte Ireland, the prime sponsor of the event, said ‘We are delighted that Ireland has been awarded this prestigious conference. These are some of the biggest decision makers in the industry and we will support this eminent group of PCOs to help them showcase the best of Ireland. We treat every guest that comes to Ireland with warmth and professionalism and IAPCO 2013 will be no different.’

‘It’s exciting to have so many of our industry peers arriving on our shores’ added Noel Mitchell, Managing Director of Keynote PCO, ‘The PCO partnership that has been created will be working closely together over the next two years to deliver a world-class event to the IAPCO 2013 attendees.

The meeting will take place in The Westbury Hotel, one of Dublin’s premier meeting establishments located right in the heart of the city. Completely renovated over the last few years, The Westbury Hotel is a symbol of the work done in Ireland to raise standards across the sector and is a model of five-star luxury in an historic setting.

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