Slovakia has become the latest member of the European Federation of the Associations of PCOs (EFAPCO) - taking the total number to 12.
The addition of the newly-formed Slovak Association of Professional Conference and Congress Organisers strengthens the federation’s foothold in Eastern Europe.
With Poland and Hungary already members, a quarter of EFAPCO’s members now hail from the region.
EFAPCO president Nicolas Le Brun said: “It is one of EFAPCO’s main goals to encourage the development of PCO associations in as many European countries as possible, to help raise the awareness of our profession globally and to enhance our drive for recognition of the value of congress business along EU corridors of power.”
SAPCO president, Peter Kürti, said: “Our vision is to help our members to deliver the highest business and ethical standards in the management of national and international association and corporate conferences, seminars, meetings, exhibitions and special events and thereby ensure memorable meeting experiences among hosts, sponsors and participants.
“Our membership of EFAPCO will bring us closer to our common vision and we shall do our best to become a strong part of the foundations of the European PCO house. Our particular thanks go to Nicolas Le Brun and his EFAPCO colleagues for encouraging us to make this step forward. Now we are ready to learn and reshape the Slovak meeting industry for the best.”
Slovakia’s star is in the ascendency. The country will attract a global television audience when it hosts this year’s Ice Hockey World Cup and, in 2013, its second largest city, Kosice, will be the European Capital of Culture.
Le Brun added: “We look forward to welcoming Slovakia to our next Board meeting, which will take place during IMEX in Frankfurt in May.”