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May 22 2013

PCMA and IAPCO Form Global Partnership

By PCMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Daniel Metz
Direct: 312.423.7272, E-mail: dmetz@pcma.org

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced yesterday the formation of a global partnership with the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).

The partnership provides an opportunity for both PCMA and IAPCO to collaborate on programs, education, and products and services intended to advance both organizations and the industry. The pairing will also allow for PCMA and IAPCO to expand their brands to new audiences and afford opportunities for membership and sales growth. The partnership ensures the dissemination of knowledge each organization brings to the meetings industry through pooled resources including newsletters, education sessions and various digital entities.

“IAPCO members play a critical role in delivering and managing the services and needs of PCMA members and customers globally, our partnership with IAPCO strengthens our commitment to the entire industry to provide the best resources and education to ensure our members and customers are achieving their strategic business objectives,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, Chief Operating Officer of PCMA.

“This is an excellent opportunity for both Associations to work together, to share their combined knowledge and expertise, for the benefit of, not only the members of each Association, but also of all those outside the Associations that draw on the materials and know-how that is publicly available”, commented Gonzalo Perez Constanzó, President of IAPCO, “we are delighted to be a part of this collaboration and look forward to the challenges and co-operation of such a partnership.”

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About Professional Convention Management Association 
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.

About IAPCO:  Meeting Quality
The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) was founded in 1968, is registered in Switzerland and represents today more than 115 professional organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 42 countries. IAPCO members organise in excess of 6560 meetings annually, totaling some 2.257 million delegates and representing an economic impact in the region of 4.35 billion euros.   For further information, please contact:  IAPCO Head Office:  Email: info@iapco.org www.iapco.org