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IAPCO and TCEB Agreement to Support Congress Organisers

the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO) are joining hands to provide professional development training for congress organisers in the Southeast Asian Region.

In a ceremony to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent to provide and host regional seminars from 2013 to 2015, the two organisations disclosed details of the regional training programme.

Akapol Sorasuchart, TCEB President, announced, “As a government agency dedicated to supporting the events industry, TCEB is keenly aware of the importance of regional co-operation to boost professional standards within the industry. We expect the forthcoming economic integration within ASEAN in 2015 to drive a major expansion of the events industry in Southeast Asia, and it is therefore crucial to ensure that we start now to develop world-class expertise within the region in order to meet global industry standards.”

“We are therefore greatly honoured to have this opportunity to partner with IAPCO, whose world-renowned expertise and leadership in education can now help to develop the potential of conference organisers across the Southeast Asian region - in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. IAPCO is the universally accepted benchmark for quality within congress organisation and is the global brand of excellence for the meetings industry. With TCEB’s own expertise and leadership in the region’s event industry, we expect this partnership to make a major contribution to boosting standards of meetings, conventions, congresses and special events in Thailand and the entire Southeast Asian region.”

Commenting on the new partnership, Philippe Fournier, President of IAPCO, said: “IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. We’re excited at the prospect of interacting with industry leaders around Southeast Asia, as one of the world’s fastest-growing economic regions. We’re also delighted to partner with TCEB, which itself has demonstrated its expertise in driving Thailand’s leadership and standards of excellence in the region’s events industry.”