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Defiant centre managers choose Istanbul for 2018 conference

The International Association of Convention Centres supports colleagues in Turkish city

Pictured: Handan Boyce, general manager of the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul

Members of the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) have put their faith in crisis-hit Turkey by voting to hold their annual conference in Istanbul in two years’ time.

The city, which has suffered three terrorist attacks and a failed military coup already this year, was chosen as 2018 host at the conclusion of this year’s AIPC meeting, in Nantes, France.

President Geoff Donaghy spoke of AIPC’s ‘determination to support colleagues experiencing challenges which we now all realise can be visited upon destinations anywhere in the world'.

During a session at the conference titled Security and Communications: a Tactical Response to Growing Challenges, Handan Boyce, general manager of the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, said no destination was ‘immune or safe when the subject is terror’.

She said: “Borders are not enough to withhold that kind of vicious mind-set, unless it is defeated with combined efforts and responsibilities of the governments.

“It is time to stand together and show solidarity in the greater effort to encourage and support the future of our industry and the values it stands for.”

AIPC represents a network of more than 180 leading centres in 57 countries with the active involvement of over 900 management-level professionals worldwide.

The association also celebrates and promotes the essential role of the international meetings industry in supporting economic, academic and professional development.

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