Under an overall theme of “Practical Strategies to Meet Changing Expectations” the 2019 AIPC Annual Conference in Antwerp Belgium delivered sweeping changes from previous events.
The event saw the launch of highly experimental interactive think-tank “BrainShare” – a custom-developed intensive session around addressing the challenges associated with growth, from scalability to resourcing and from accessing talent to resulting adaptations to business models and ecosystems.
Developed by Oscar Cerezales, the session posed key questions in the context of immersion-scale orientation, with dedicated topic stations and discussion labs used to arrive at conclusions that were then merged to create an overall change strategy.
The session was designed to not only engage delegates in a structured thought and planning process but at the same time acquaint them with the needs and expectations of planners who are increasingly incorporating these kinds of participatory exercises into their events.
This year’s AIPC Innovation Awards were also announced, with Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre named the winner of this year’s Innovation Award for their unique conferencing configuration The Hive by ADNEC, while the Cape Town International Convention Centre took top honors in the Delegates Choice category for its A Self-sustaining International Convention Centre project.
Finally, two new Board members, Juliana Lopez, CEO Cartagena de Indias Convention Center in Colombia and Allan Agerholm, CEO of Bella Center Copenhagen, were elected to represent members through a two-year term.
“This year’s Annual Conference was a significant departure from previous events – but that reflected the kinds of big industry changes we see happening around us, and a need to address these in realistic ways using the collective expertise and resources our members and colleagues can provide,” said AIPC president Aloysius Arlando.
“By using our own interactions at the conference to learn and grow as managers we are continuing a great AIPC tradition of sharing for mutual benefit – something we will only intensify as we grow into the future”.