News & Articles - International Association of Conference Centres

  • Canadian Chef Barrington Graham named IACC-Americas finalist for global competition

    Four chefs from International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) Canadian- and U.S.-member properties recently competed for the IACC-Americas Chapter Copper Skillet at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. This competition was stage two in the culinary competition, where two junior and two senior chefs from Canada and the United States competed to represent the Americas’ spots at the IACC Global Copper Skillet Final at the IACC-Americas Connect conference this April in New York City. Canadian Chef Barrington Graham, first cook St.…

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  • IACC launches Meeting Room of the Future

    A dynamic new initiative from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) is set to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference room design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management. The IACC Meeting Room of the Future project combines innovation and entrepreneurialism with the expertise of meeting industry professionals and planners. The project and initial global survey results are be unveiled at IACC-America’s Connect annual conference in New York City this April. The program’s…

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  • IACC reveals the top seven meeting package trends for 2016

    Useful tips for meeting planners and meeting venues contribute towards better meetings and conference experiences Following research among the 378 members of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), the association released its Top Meeting Package Trends for 2016, which are influencing meeting planners and venue operators across the globe. The concept of meeting packaging is one where the required components provided by a venue are included in a per person package. The concept carries different names in different parts…

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  • IACC-Americas names two Canadian chefs Copper Skillet Champions

    Seven chefs from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC)-member properties across Canada gathered to compete for the coveted Canadian Copper Skillet at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning in Toronto, where the winners edged one step closer to the International Copper Skillet global final in April. Chef Alexsandra Lalonde, pastry chef from St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre, took the Junior Category Canadian Copper Skillet for her winning dish of spiced citrus panko crusted pork loin, pan-seared Cornish…

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  • Trends in the conference centre industry

    The International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) has released the 2015 edition of Trends® in the Conference Center Industry. According to IACC CEO Mark Cooper, “For the third year running, this comprehensive trends report, the only one which focuses on small meetings-focused venues industrywide, indicates that IACC members have improved occupancy and rates are stronger than the previous year, significantly so for IACC’s corporate meeting venue operators.” Cooper continued, “Corporate meeting venues lead the recovery with the highest Average Daily…

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  • IACC survey reveals latest set of generational preferences of meeting planners

    A recent survey conducted by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), in partnership with Development Counsellors International (DCI), has revealed new generational preferences of meeting planners in the Australia Asia Pacific region, with implications globally. “This is the first survey of its kind produced by IACC in the Australia Asia Pacific region and is the third survey following similar research in the Americas and Europe,” says Mark Cooper, CEO, IACC. “There were important differences highlighted in the research in…

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  • IACC reveals Top 10 Meeting Tech Trends for 2015

    Following extensive research among the 355 members of the International Association of Conference Centres, the association released its Top 10 Meeting Tech Trends for 2015, which are influencing meeting planners and venue operators across the globe. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, commented, “Meeting Planners are seeing their role influenced more and more by technology, not just for the meeting itself, but in researching and booking venues, how planners interact onsite and how they communicate following the meeting. The balance between technology…

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  • IACC reveals Top 10 Conference Food Trends for 2015

    Useful tips for meeting planners contribute towards healthier conferences Following extensive research among the 400 members of the International Association of Conference Centres, the organization released its Top 10 Conference Food Trends for 2015, which are influencing meeting planners across the globe. Mark Cooper, IACC’s CEO, commented, “Planners are always looking for new and interesting ways to nourish and invigorate their conference attendees, as food has become so much more than just fuel. Recently there has been an enormous shift…

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  • IACC and PKF release ‘Trends in the Conference Center Industry 2014’

    International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) has released the 2014 edition of Trends in the Conference Center Industry. According to IACC CEO Mark Cooper, “The comprehensive trends report indicates that IACC conference centres once again see continued recovery in their rates which are higher than 2013.” Cooper continued, “This, coupled with marginal improvements in operating profits, demonstrates that IACC member properties continue to control costs and manage another year of improving occupancies. Conference centres – when benchmarked against hotels –…

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  • IACC releases top 10 insider tips for meeting planners

    IACC has released their top ten “insider tips” for meeting planners. The tips include advice on venue selection, connectivity, social media, negotiating rates, and budgeting tips with contributions from the IACC community. 1) Delegate profile and venue preferences Before starting the venue sourcing process, consider that your delegates might have a different view of what the ideal venue looks like. This can have can have a number of benefits and lend to the productivity of your event. Placing a delegate…

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