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March 5, 2015

Dubai Will Host 2017 IAPCO Annual Meeting

Dubai has won the bid to host the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting & General Assembly in 2017. The annual event brings together approximately 100 international conference organizers from 40 countries, who collectively manage approximately 7,000 meetings per year with a combined annual economic impact of over $5 billion dollars.
Dubai’s hosting of the key meetings industry event was announced at the recently concluded IAPCO Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. The winning bid was spearheaded by Dubai Business Events (DBE), a division of Dubai Tourism that 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.
Commenting on the win, Steen Jakobsen, Director of Dubai Business Events, said that part of his team's strategy to increase the number of visitors and business events hosted in Dubai every year focuses on engaging with international meeting planners and industry bodies to raise awareness of Dubai. "By hosting the members of IAPCO, we [will] 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,” he said in a statement.

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