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Dubai, United Arab Emirates won the bid to host International Association of Professional Congress Organizers’ (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly in 2017. IAPCO is an authority on professional congress organization worldwide.

The annual event brings together approximately 100 of the world’s most influential conference organizers from 40 countries. They collectively manage approximately 7,000 meetings per year with a combined annual economic impact of over U.S. $5 billion.

Announced at the IAPCO Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, the winning bid was spearheaded by Dubai Business Events (DBE). A division of Dubai Tourism, DBE serves as the city’s official convention bureau in close partnership with local IAPCO members, Meeting Minds and MCI Dubai. Key tourism industry stakeholders Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah also played a key role in securing the AGM.

“Part of our strategy to increase the number of visitors and business events hosted in Dubai every year centers on engaging with meeting planners and industry bodies from around the world to raise awareness about Dubai as a leading destination for international business events. By hosting the members of IAPCO, we are excited to be able to show what the city has to offer to a group of people who are highly influential in determining where major international meetings and association congresses take place every year,” commented Steen Jakobsen, director, Dubai Business Events.

IAPCO is the universally accepted benchmark for quality and excellence within the international meetings industry. By welcoming IAPCO members to Dubai in 2017, local tourism industry stakeholders will also have the opportunity to build relationships with key meetings decision-makers, and showcase their products and services first hand.

“The quality of Dubai’s bid was outstanding and truly reflected the local co-operation of all stakeholders. The bid showed a great understanding and support of IAPCO’s quest for quality in the meetings industry, and there is no doubt that the spirit of Dubai will inspire the members of IAPCO to keep learning and developing their businesses,” commented Michel Neijmann, president, IAPCO.

Medhat Nassar, CEO of Meeting Minds Experts, added, “IAPCO offers a unique quality assurance platform recognized by association, corporate and government clients, through applying a strict Quality Control process for its members. Winning the bid to host IAPCO 2017 is an excellent recognition of the Dubai meetings industry and a vote of confidence by highly influential Professional Conference Organizers in 40 countries.”

“We are truly delighted by the outstanding support extend by our bidding partners Dubai Business Events, MCI Dubai, Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah, which has been instrumental in putting forward this successful bid,” he added.

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