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The International Association of Conference Centres Holding First Conference
in Europe - August 28-31, 2008 at Warwick Conferences
in Coventry, United Kingdom

St. Louis, MO - 1 May 2008 -- The Global Board of Directors of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) announced that the first European Annual Conference will take place at Warwick Conferences in the United Kingdom on 28-31 August 2008. Warwick Conferences consist of three dedicated, purpose-designed centres completely equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for residential meetings and training events. 

IACC's first European Annual Conference will be preceded by a Study Tour from 24 - 28 August that will include seven conference centres in England, including Devonport House, Greenwich; Wokefield Executive Centre & Mansion House, Mortimer (Reading), Berkshire; Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London; Ashridge Business School, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire; Møller Centre, Cambridge; Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire; and Cranfield Management Development Centre, Cranfield, Bedfordshire. 

According to Tim Chudley, Chair of IACC's UK Chapter and Managing Director of The Sundial Group in Northamptonshire, "Our first European conference will feature an entourage of highly-respected and well-renowned speakers who will inspire and provide new ideas for innovation and creativity. The theme, "Broadening Our Horizons" will examine fresh concepts and business exploration, whilst uniting different backgrounds and cultures."

Chudley said that plenary sessions would include Operational Case Studies, The Market Today, Yield Management, Environmental Tips, Application of Technology, and Culinary Team Building.  "The overwhelming success of the North American Chapter's annual conferences has prompted great excitement and support here for the first European annual conference," he added. IACC properties are located throughout Europe in Belgium, Denmark, England/UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.

According to Global President Peter Stewart of Macquarie University's MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre in Sydney, Australia, "we anticipate an enthusiastic crowd from around the world at our inaugural European conference.  The conference is consistent with our ongoing commitment to providing more educational and networking opportunities for members throughout Europe. "

For 27 years, IACC has held its annual conference in North America as a primary means of providing educational opportunities including Conference Services, F&B, Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Environmental issues, highly effective networking events, and an exchange of best practices through the Innovation Center. 

Founded in 1981, the International Association of Conference Centres is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference center industry and to providing member properties with the tools necessary to provide an exceptional meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Universal Criteria and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, France, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan. For more information, visit the website at  IACC = exceptional meeting experiences.


James M. Mahon
Global Director of Marketing 
  & Public Relations
914 548 5835



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