Association Conference Planner Interview

  • Conference held by associations is different from corporate meeting. As a conference organizer, association is of the nature of neutrality and credibility. With the major premises of serving the association vision, mission and objectives, association conference itself is an association's core products and services as well as the main source of income. In addition, association conference organizer will invite government, academic research institutions, relevant entities in the trade and the like to participate, so it is also a platform for multilateral cooperation.

    "To hold an international conference, we should firstly consider whether it is in accordance with the purpose and objective of an association and its development, as well as the requirement of its members, this is a prerequisite," Tong Ying, China representative of ASAE said; "Secondly, we should consider whether an association has sufficient resources to hold a conference successfully. Volunteers of an association (the expert team) also play a very important role in planning and operating an international conference. In addition, there are many details to be considered, such as time, place, agenda and so on."

    Tong Ying will share the successful experience of the 1st ASAE Asia Pacific Conference in this CIBTM Education Forum, explaining with concrete examples the key factors requiring consideration to hold an international conference from a sprouted idea to its fulfillment, and what resources can be utilized in the planning process. He will also discuss the way of planning an international conference from the perspective of association management.

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