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July 16, 2015

ICC Sydney CEO to Serve Second Term as AIPC President

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), has been re-elected as the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) President for a second term. The announcement was made at the AIPC Annual Conference in Boston.

AIPC is the international industry association for professional convention and exhibition center managers. AIPC represents a global network of more than 175  centers in 58 countries with the active involvement of over 900 management-level professionals. 

Geoff Donaghy was the first President of the international association to be appointed from the Asia Pacific region.  “It is a great honor to be recognized and trusted by my global peers to continue working in such a unique position amongst the various organizations that represent the meetings industry,” he said in a statement.

Discussion highlights from the AIPC Annual Conference included:

• The importance of interactions between convention centers and their respective communities 
• The need for center managers to play a more powerful role in the priorities and affairs of their cities - from urban planning, to branding and even economic policy setting
• The evolving challenges faced by centers today in the global marketplace
• The need to work effectively with key partners such as the association, accommodation and exhibition communities, centre safety and security, and the available cost-effective responses to new technology demands
• Confirmation that the AIPC Annual Conference will be held in Sydney in 2017

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