IAPCO is a member-based organisation comprising conference organising/meeting planning companies whose aims are to raise standards in the meetings industry and to provide a quality assurance to clients. IAPCO has been a universally recognised benchmark for quality within congress organisation and the meetings industry since its foundation 50 years ago. IAPCO’s clearly articulated vision to “drive excellence” takes many forms, including sharing and promoting best practice, recognition of collaboration and innovation and developing leading-EDGE education programmes. Today the Association represents 130 companies comprised of over 7500 professional congress organisers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 41 countries. Together, members organise in excess of 15000 meetings annually (15367 in 2017]) totalling some 3.381 million delegates and representing an economic impact of 8.1bn euros (2017). IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and in the industry overall, the name IAPCO being truly synonymous with the best in the industry.