IAPCO and Centium Software announced on November 19 that they will be joining forces with IAPCO as their 2015 Technology Partner.
According to Trevor Gardiner, CEO of Centium Software, the partnership will focus on education and exposure to cutting-edge and new approaches to meetings technology, systems and analytics. “We are looking forward to a great working relationship with IAPCO,” Mr. Gardiner said. “This organisation has always been at the forefront of promoting the meetings industry and education across all spectrums and audiences.”
“We are looking forward to an outstanding 2015 partnering with Centium Software,” commented Sarah Storie-Pugh, IAPCO’s Executive Director. “Their commitment to the industry is well known and we believe our membership will greatly benefit from this new relationship.” IAPCO is a global organization with members in more than 40 countries around the world. IAPCO members represent 100s of organisations and thousands of employees working on professional events and conferences in numerous countries and venues.
Alec Sonenthal, Manager of Strategic Business Development for Centium Software, said that the ability to share knowledge, technology and skills with industry leaders around the globe was one of the main reasons to join forces with IAPCO. “The global meetings industry thrives on education and technical advancement. Our entire team at Centium Software has always been committed to providing state-of-the-art technology to meeting planners, and we are thrilled to partner with IAPCO to further our ability to advance industry knowledge and education.”
The announcement was made at EIBTM, the Global Meetings & Events Expo. “It is entirely appropriate for this announcement to be made at EIBTM where their Knowledge Programme and Innovation Zone encourage advancements in education and technology”, concluded Sarah, “EventsAIR is a great new cutting-edge product.”
The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) was founded in 1968, is registered in Switzerland and represents today more than 114 professional organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 40 countries. IAPCO members  organise in excess of 6750 meetings annually, totalling some 2.718 million delegates and representing an economic impact in the region of 4.4 billion euros. IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meetings industry. Today IAPCO membership offers a unique quality assurance, since entry into membership of IAPCO is by meeting strict criteria and by continuous quality assessment. The high quality standards are secured by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. The ‘Wolfsberg’ Annual Seminar, The Meetings MasterClass and the Annual Meeting & General Assembly of its members are the highlight events of IAPCO.