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November 24, 2015
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Central Europe: IACC Americas Reinvents Its Annual Meeting




peopleIn its 35th year, the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) is reinventing its annual meeting with an array of new learning formats and a theme of “Sharing Ideas That Matter.”  Renamed IACC-Americas Connect, the former IACC Americas Annual Meeting will be held in New York City from April 19-20, 2016.  

The event will feature multiple venues, top speakers, a shorter timeframe and a wide choice of lodging accommodations in the city. Networking events and highly focused workshops have been designed to attract new attendees, share global meetings experiences and address issues facing the industry.  The event will be held at different New York City locations, including Convene Midtown East, Pier 60 and locations around Chelsea Market.

TJ Fimmano, IACC-Americas president said: 
In another break from tradition, members can stay at the accommodation of their choice. “There is no obligation to stay at recommended hotels. New York offers a wide choice of accommodations and price points.” Pre-conference tours and culinary experiences in the Big Apple will also be part of the line-up.

“If you are passionate about meetings and want to be surrounded by the best in the meetings business, don’t miss this event!”  says Alex Cabañas, recently-elected president of IACC and the CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International. “IACC-Americas Connect will break the mold this year introducing new concepts and innovations while remaining true to the benefits of networking and education which have been a part of IACC since inception. The industry is changing at a rapid pace – you must ask yourself, are you changing fast enough to stay relevant? At IACC, we are, so come join us!”

IACC expects many delegates to combine IACC-Americas Connect with business meetings and client contacts, adding further value to their conference investment. “We want our members to make the most from their attendance next year, including coming together and exploring ways to shape the industry and deliver innovative meetings experiences,” says Jason MacEachen, chair of the planning committee, noting that IACC created this new paradigm to encourage junior managers to attend.

The introduction of new exciting meeting environments and embracing the changing way people want to meet is one of the main themes, which April’s event will carry. “Our members come together to address challenges and create opportunities in a very open way. The mantra, ‘Together we are Stronger’ describes IACC’s members perfectly!”Cooper points out. “Today’s conferences should not only deliver education but also encourage exchanges that produce real workable solutions.”


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