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MICEBTN - DEC 2016 - FEB 2017 • Page 9 Proposed ISO changes for M&E industry ‘short sighted and unnecessary’ — AIPC AIpC – the International Association of Convention Centres – claims moves by standards organisations to introduce a new set of ISo requirements for the meetings and exhibitions industry are unnecessary and potentially restrictive in not being in sync with the industry’s need to support changing client requirements. There is also a concern that if a technical committee were to be set up as proposed by the ISO – the Internation- al Organization for Standardization – it could be led by Chi- na’s standards office, which might not be optimally attuned to the MICE sector beyond China. AIPC’s latest member newsletter claims such a technical committee “would assume a very wide-reaching mandate in defining standards for our industry”. It suggested that the opportunities for industry repre- sentatives to have a say in the outcome of the technical committee’s deliberations would be limited. “In essence we could be presented with global norms that try to standard- ise our practices from the outside.” It also pointed out that some of the tasks envisaged by the proposal “are aimed at reducing costs for exhibitors and organisers by narrowing the current range of options and this would definitely have a vast impact on industry suppliers”. This aspect underlines the fact that AIPC is relevant to most players in the MICE sector and not just to convention centres, as some have suggested in the past. AIPC has a strong membership in Australia, NZ and throughout the Asia Pacific region. While many of its mem- bers are in Europe, the Brussels-based organisation has become increasingly global in recent years. This is seen in its current Board, which is headed by Geoff Donaghy, ceo of Sydney’s International Convention Centre and director Convention Centres for AEG Ogden. Donaghy is also AIPC’s representative on the peak global industry body, the Joint Meetings Industry Council. Of the other Board members, one (the vice-president) is based in Singapore, one is in South Africa and one in the uS. Only three of the Board, a minority, are Europe-based. While its mission statement notes that AIPC “focuses spe- cifically on the issues, opportunities and challenges facing convention and exhibition centres” it also stresses the need to maintain “close working relations with related industry or- ganisations to ensure members are well connected to overall industry issues”. Donaghy’s background is also broad-based in MICE terms. He headed the Cairns region’s tourism and convention bureau for several years before managing the mid-1990s opening of the Cairns Convention Centre. AIPC’s relevance to Australasia was also seen in this year’s win by the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre of the AIPC Apex Award for best client-rated convention centre. unlike some of the business travel sector’s Awards, this is of solid status, based entirely on client ratings as assessed by the Ipsos research company. Speaking at this year’s AIPC annual conference in Nantes, Donaghy pointed out that “the ability to both compete and adapt to changing client expectations is the greatest urgency facing our members”. AIPC’s current board is headed by Geoff Donaghy, ceo of Sydney’s International Convention Centre and director convention centres for AEG Ogden. RACV Inverloch Resort CONFERENCES AND EVENTS Contact RACV Inverloch Resort on 03 5674 0000 or email email@example.com .au *Subject to availability. Valid for bookings of two or more consecutive days. Not valid with other offers. Mention this ad when booking to receive the offer. Book a day delegate package for two days between March and June 2017, and receive the second day at a half day delegate rate.* Continued next page.