Málaga will host the EFAPCO (European Federation of national associations of PCOs) Congress, in 2014

Málaga will host the EFAPCO (European Federation of national associations of PCOs) Congress, in 2014

Vicente Serrano, president of OPC España: “It is a great satisfaction wining the selection process for such an important event”

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On the 17 and 18 January 2014, Málaga will welcome attendees of the Annual Congress of the European Federation of national associations of PCOs (EFAPCO), which will gather in the Costa del Sol capital, more than 200 Congresses’ organizers from all over Europe. The appointment will show how good the City is hosting these kind of events. The congress will take place in Malaga’s Trade Fair and Convention Centre. It will allow professional meetings organizers to get to know the destination tourist offer, a destination that according to Vicente Serrano “is living a great moment for such kind of events, as shown by all indicators”. During 2012, 160 professional meetings took place in the city, seven more than in 2011, with a total number of participants of 63.175 people, almost an increase of 5%, who had an economic impact of more than 75 million euro.
“Smart Congresses in Smart Cities by Smart PCOs”
The program of the Congress, will bind present sector issues, with special stress, as indicated by Vicente Serrano, president of OPC España, “on those aspects that will enable all the members of our industry to acquire deeper knowledge in order to improve and optimize our resources”. New technologies, connectivity, sustainability amongst others, will be the axe of a meeting that has become “one of the big sector epicentres” as Pointed out by Luisa Ahrens Teixeira, president of EFAPCO.

Aims of EFAPCO
EFAPCO based in Brussels (Belgium) aims to spread and reinforce the figure of the professional congress organizer in order to acquire formal recognition by the Commission of Tourism of the European Union with the determination of its own legal framework.
EFAPCO has also established as one of its priorities to include the congress organization among other subjects of the University degrees in Tourism. Also EFAPCO is willing to welcome as associate members, corporate with their own department for congress organization, such us Trade Fairs and Congress Centres, AV companies, hostess, hotels, Convention Bureaux, interpretation companies, designers, exhibition constructers,…