Congress by design to host IAPCO EDGE educational seminar in The Hague

The Hague will be welcoming IAPCO EDGE – a dynamic global educational seminar – from 23-25 January 2019 at the Marriott hotel in The Hague. During the conference program, brought and hosted by Congress by design – an IAPCO certified leading full-service Professional Conference Organiser (PCO) in the Netherlands – prominent PCOs and meeting planners will meet to drive excellence in education. The cutting EDGE concept of the seminar is the basis of an educational programme fit to inspire and advance the best and brightest in the meetings industry.

Education to drive excellence  

EDGE – Experts in Dynamic Global Education – is IAPCO’s education programme, designed to raise standards by providing continuous education at different levels, giving people that edge they need in a global competitive environment. IAPCO EDGE has earned a reputation for providing the most dynamic and valuable educational opportunities in the meetings industry, aligning the forefront leaders with bespoke learning opportunities.

“IAPCO EDGE seminar is the place to meet experts in congress management and a unique platform that embraces all sectors of the meeting industry. IAPCO EDGE combines education and learning with interaction, networking and fun. It is an opportunity to meet many like-minded professionals, partake in networking and social activities and to discuss key learning points and our daily burning issues in one of the most captivating backdrops in Europe.”, says Nicolette van Erven, Owner and Managing Director of Congress by design.
IAPCO – the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers – is a member-based organisation comprising conference organising/meeting planning companies. IAPCO offers four educational products: EDGE seminars, web-EDGE, Bespoke EDGE and Sharp EDGE, each providing a different educational offering.

Since its foundation in 1968 IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and in the global meetings industry overall. 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.

IAPCO’s clearly articulated vision to “drive excellence” takes many forms, including creating opportunities for members to share best practice with each-other, promoting best practice, recognition of collaboration and innovation and developing leading-EDGE education programmes. participating in industry-wide discussions, encouraging members to adhere to the Association’s quality standards and developing education programmes which are highly relevant, not just for PCOs but also for the wider meetings industry.

The Venue. The Hague.
For the first time IAPCO’s leading-EDGE educational programme is to be held in The Hague.
“We welcome and encourage the ambition of event organizers, speakers and delegates who will most certainly leave a lasting impression on the city.“, says Nienke van der Malen – van der Horst, director of The Hague Convention Bureau.

The Hague is an event destination with impact. Being home to the Dutch Parliament, the Royal Family, and the second largest U.N. city, The Hague’s standing and influence is strong.

The Hague is widely known as the International City of Peace and Justice, with the Peace Palace, the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration at its beating heart. More than 30.000 professionals work in one of the 200 international organisations, and 111 embassies located in The Hague, to make the world a better and more just place.

Those who are planning an event in The Hague can build on the legacy of the city and add depth to their event by making use of the vast amount of expert knowledge that lies here.

Another reason for international visitors appreciating The Hague, is the city’s position in one of the best and safest regions in Europe, providing abundant modern hotel accommodation and boasting an excellent transport network. With two international airports on the doorstep The Hague is easily accessible from every part of the world. With its timeless architecture and attractive coastline, the city also has a range of interesting tourist attractions, rich cultural offerings and fine restaurants.