IAPCO celebrated its 50th anniversary during the Annual Meeting & General Assembly 2018 in Tokyo, Japan

12th Apr, 2018

This past February, members celebrated IAPCO’s 50th Anniversary in Tokyo, Japan, where Annual Meeting & General Assembly was held, attracting 102 attendees from 32 countries and regions, a record high in IAPCO’s history.

HQ magazine has compiled some testimonials for our readers:

Ms. Jan Tonkin, IAPCO's Past President

"The Tokyo Annual Meeting was very special, not only was it 25 years since we had last been to Japan, but it turned out to be the largest ever IAPCO Meeting. I was therefore honoured to be able to end my presidential term at such a gathering. The last two years have been a progressive one for IAPCO, and I am especially grateful to the support of Council who made so many plans come to fruition. Our drive into Asia was particularly successful with increased education and trade show activity. In addition a complete restructuring of our membership to embrace current business practices and client expectations has been accomplished, a task with which I was particularly engaged. I am delighted to hand over to our new president, and to take up the task as Chair of Education as a continuing role in Council."

Mr. Mathias Posch, IAPCO's New President

“Strongly believing in the importance of IAPCO and our quality mark, I am determined to strengthen it by widening our reach – in all directions: Deeper into our member companies, wider around the globe and more into the consciousness of associations. The “race to the bottom” with more and more players entering the market and ever lower PCO pricing, needs to be replaced with a vision for a stronger collaboration between associations and PCOs. IAPCO represents our profession and it is important that we confidently convey our message.”

Mr. Mamoru Kobori, Executive Vice President, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

“IAPCO 2018 has met in Tokyo with a great success: We are fortunate that IAPCO members got to know Tokyo and other regions, and met with Japanese counterparts at JNTO Networking Event. We are confident that IAPCO and Japan can collaborate better now and beyond the Rugby World Cup and the Summer Olympic Games. “

Ms. Kayo Nomura, IAPCO's Council Member 

Chief International Relations Executive, Congress Corporation

“Ensuring thought-provoking keynote speakers relevant to the meetings industry was one of the keys for the successful meeting, including the power of story-telling, global communication trends. A panel discussion, “Lost in Translation,” exemplified experiences working on conferences in Japan by overseas core PCO, Japanese associations and CVBs, resulting in a "found" rather than "lost" outcome. 

Providing IAPCO attendees with our unique, intriguing culture through social functions was another mission. Providing IAPCO attendees with our unique, intriguing culture through social functions was another mission. If this AM served its purpose, broadening IAPCO’s reach in Japan and bridging to promising future business exchanges, that would be my greatest pleasure."


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