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Professional Convention Management Association expands in Asia Pacific

Association acquires Singapore-based group to increase education offer in the region

Pictured: (L-R) Phillip Pang, Nigel Gaunt, Claire Smith, Sherrif Karamat and Michelle Crowley

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has acquired Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP) as it expands its reach in the Asia Pacific.

Based in Singapore, ICESAP provides education, career development and networking for corporate, agency and supplier professionals in the US$200 billion (£152b) Asia Pacific (APAC) business events sector.

Deborah Sexton, PCMA president and CEO, said: "Today PCMA already has strong and valued relationships with prominent organisations in the APAC region. The addition of ICESAP further strengthens our endeavours to enable industry collaboration and deliver superior education to this important region."

ICESAP will continue operating in the region under the ICESAP brand and PCMA will retain the current ICESAP staff and Singapore office headquarters, led by president Nigel Gaunt.

Gaunt, also founder of ICESAP, added: "I am delighted with PCMA’s acquisition of ICESAP. It represents the best possible future for our society. ICESAP will continue delivering on our commitment to agency accreditation, member education and most importantly, advocacy for the benefits the sector brings to the businesses and economies of Asia Pacific. A stronger ICESAP under PCMA is a win-win and will define our actions in the years ahead. For me personally, it is validation of the investment of time and money I have made over the past four years in establishing what I felt was needed for our industry in Asia Pacific."

The move aims to support PCMA’s goal of bringing the "highest level" of education to APAC. One such way will be through offering ICESAP’s certificate in incentive, conference and event management, a five-module online distance-learning programme created in association with William Angliss Institute.

It comes after ICESAP launched the Agency Accreditation Scheme earlier this year, a new accreditation supporting industry professionalism.

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