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IAPCO EDGE Seminar to be held in The Hague in January 2019

The International Association of Congress Organisers (IAPCO) announces that the EDGE Seminar will come to The Hague in January 2019. It is the fourth time that an EDGE Seminar is organised in Europe, but it is the first one to be held in The Hague.

The two-day event will take place at the Hilton Hotel located in the center of The Hague and educate participants about professional congress organisation.  

The bid win is a great success for The Hague Convention Bureau as well as its city partner - Congress by design - a local PCO who are an active member of IAPCO. 

The director of The Hague Convention Bureau, Ms Nienke van der Malen – van der Horst explained: “Education and knowledge-sharing are essential in our industry and they are also intrinsic to the ambition of The Hague. Numerous international education institutions as well as the Dutch ministry of education and cultural affairs are located here. Hosting an event such as the EDGE Seminar is a great opportunity for our city."

The Hague Convention Bureau continuously strives to grow and strengthen its partner network and is pleased about the collaboration with one of its partners, as Ms van der Malen – van der Horst emphasised. “We are proud to secure such an event together with Congress by design.”

IAPCO has over 120 members in the meeting industry worldwide and is striving towards raising the standards of the provided services by its members.

“We are delighted that EDGE 2019 will be hosted in The Hague. It is heartening to see the initiatives being taken by our members and the convention bureau to promote the debate about best practice, as well as to provide training programmes for young professionals,” highlighted Ms Sarah Storie-Pugh, the executive director of IAPCO. 

The participants of the seminar range from young professionals to senior management. Every year three educational EDGE Seminars are organised in different regions worldwide, embracing all sectors of the international meetings industry.

“The Hague will be the fourth of our European EDGE Seminars which have already gained recognition in the industry as the leading training platform for professional congress organisation”, stated Ms Storie-Pugh. 

As an international congress city, The Hague offers exceptional meeting venues, an outstanding event infrastructure and a partner network that can facilitate the success of any event. Known as the International City of Peace & Justice, The Hague also leads in other areas of knowledge, such as cybersecurity, Legal & Finance, as well as IT & Telecom. 

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