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International convention facility leaders to meet in San Diego

The San Diego Convention Center will host the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) 2011 Annual Conference and 53rd General Assembly, June 28 – July 1. AIPC is the preeminent international association for convention center management professionals representing a global network of 160 facilities in 53 different countries. Nearly 200 individuals from around the world are expected to attend the conference in San Diego. This is the first time the meeting will take place in the United States.

“We’re thrilled that San Diego was the first U.S. city selected to host this important industry event, as we have a deep appreciation for the significant role convention facilities and the events they host, play in the local and global economy,” said Mayor Jerry Sanders.

The theme for this year’s conference is “It’s All About Change.” The event will focus on opportunities and challenges as a result of the global recession, new technology, increasing competition, shifting financial models and other industry dynamics.

“It’s an honor to host AIPC and to have the opportunity to cultivate stronger relationships with our global colleagues,” said Carol Wallace, president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. “This is an exciting opportunity to compare strategies, glean insights and explore new opportunities to advance an industry that generates enormous economic benefits.”


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