Cankarjev dom hosted the IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly

The event helped Slovenia further improve recognition in the global meetings industry

Cankarjev dom hosted the 54th Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) between 28 February and 2 March. Representatives of the leading associations in the global meetings industry got to know Slovenia through the event.

IAPCO brings together the leading key stakeholders in the global meetings industry. The Assembly and Annual Meeting are of great importance to the local economy and tourism, as local providers hope that international event organisers return to the destination with major events and conferences. Cankarjev dom helped co-curate the event programme.

Maja Pak Olaj, the Director of the Slovenian Tourist Board, emphasised: “The 54th IAPCO Annual Meeting and General Assembly, which is taking place in Ljubljana, strengthens the image and reputation of Slovenia as a desirable destination in the meetings industry. Directors and owners of some of the most prominent congress agencies from around the world get to know Slovenia these days as a country dedicated to sustainability, innovation and high standards of hospitality. The meeting is also an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience in the industry. I am convinced that the effects of this event will be long-lasting and contribute to the further growth of Slovenian tourism and the consolidation of our country as an attractive destination for the meetings industry.”

Photo: Marko Delbello Ocepek


According to data from March last year, IAPCO members organised a total of 7,722 events in 2023. In the next three years, they plan to host another 7,729 events.

IAPCO is a non-profit association and the only international accreditation organisation for organisers of professional and business meetings. The association’s mission is to raise service standards among both members and other stakeholders in the meetings industry through continuing education, collaboration with professionals, and research and data measurement.

Photo: Marko Delbello Ocepek

The program of the meeting includes many prominent speakers and experiences. At the official opening of the program, the participants also listened to the speeches of the Minister of Economy, Tourism and Sports, Matjaž Han, and the President of Slovenia, Nataša Pirc Musar.

Learn more about IAPCO here

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