Reaching New Horizons in 2015 – IAPCO Annual Meeting in Lisbon

The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Annual Meeting and General Assembly took place in Lisbon, Portugal from 13-15 February.

IAPCO’s core mission is to raise the standards among its members and the sectors of the meeting industry. The 80 leading event professionals that attended the IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly came together to learn from the inspiring invited speakers, to discuss current issues, but also to get an insight into the Portuguese habits and lifestyle.

Susanna Tocca, Managing Director of AIM Lisbon Office commented: “We feel very privileged to present our wonderful destination to top leaders in our industry. IAPCO is associated with Meeting Quality and we wanted to show this not only by creating a flawless event, but also by putting Lisbon on a silver platter for the delegates.”

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Lisbon voted best European city for hosting congresses

Lisbon has been voted the number one city for hosting the best congresses by delegates participating in a recent survey undertaken by the Centre for International Business Tourism in Lisbon.

The city was voted ahead of London, Paris, Madrid, Munich and Milan, with 46% of respondents ranking the probability of return as “very likely”. The survey was based on a sample of 912 interviews last year from delegates attending the Society of Cardiology, European Cystic Fibrosis Conference, the Biennial Congress of the European Society of Endodontology and the Rotary International Convention.

Commenting on the survey results Alexandra Baltazar, Manager Lisbon Convention Bureau said: “Lisbon is gaining recognition by those who are seeing what the capital of Portugal has to offer at first hand. It also highlights, to those considering holding meetings in Lisbon, why the city has consistently featured in ICCA’s top 20 list of cities to hold conferences and congresses.”

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Turismo de Lisboa announces financial support for congresses and events

Lisboa Convention BureauThe Turismo de Lisboa informs that the International Congress Funding Regulation has been updated and Lisbon now can apply events with a minimum of 600 delegates to this support fund.

The support grant scheme will run until 31 December 2015, independently of the year of the event. This Fund is valid to support the application to the realization of large international congresses in the country. In duly justified cases and manifest interest/relevance to the country, it may also be capable of supporting the project application for corporate meetings or incentives.

For eligibility purposes, projects must cumulatively fulfill the following requirements:
- find themselves in the bid stage with respect to the event in Lisbon – not valid for events already reconfirmed/announced to Lisboa
- more than 75% of congressmen expected at the event must come from foreign markets
- The expected number of congress delegates must be equal or superior to 600 participants

The ARPT Lisbon – Lisbon Convention Bureau is the eligible promoter for access for this Fund of major international congresses.

Supports/Fund is valid for:
- space rental for the Congress;
- room hire /Venues for the realization of the social program of the Congress;
- transfers/shuttle service for the Congress;
- accommodation services during the Congress.

For allocation of financing platform, Turismo de Portugal, IP and Lisbon agree to help in the following proportions:
Turismo de Portugal, I.P. .: 75%
Lisboa: 25%

The granting of this Fund is under contract to be signed between:
- Turismo de Portugal, I.P.
- Lisboa – Lisbon Convention Bureau
- ANA – Airports of Portugal, SA
- Association/event organizer

Fund categories/levels:
from 600-900 delegates = € 7,500.00
from 900-1350 Delegates = € 10,000.00
from 1350-1800 Delegates = € 12,500.00
from 1800-2700 Delegates = € 15,000.00
from 2700-3600 Delegates = € 25,500.00
= or > 3600 delegates = € 50,000.00

Thus, international events are eligible from 600 delegates with different levels of support ranging from € 7.500 to € 50,000.

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Alexandra Baltazar -

PCMA will be in Lisbon with the Global Professionals Conference

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) surprises again with innovative meetings. This time it will be in Portugal from 26 to 28 August, 2014. Lisbon will host the Global Professionals Conference as “a place for meeting executives looking to educate themselves and getting the most out of meeting in Europe”, says PCMA Chief Operating Officer Sherrif Karamat.

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