US-based Professional Conference Management Association joins with Incentive, Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific.
The Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA) is expanding into the Asia-Pacific region with the acquisition of ICESAP, the business events organisation founded in 2013 by Melbourne-based Nigel Gaunt.
Now based in Singapore, ICESAP provides education, career development and networking for corporate, agency and supplier professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, and will continue to operate under the ICESAP brand led by Gaunt.
The agreement was announced overnight, with Gaunt telling Business Events News “I am delighted with PCMA’s acquistion of ICESAP, it represents the best possible future for our Society.
“ICESAP will continue on delivering on our commitment to agency accreditation, member education and most importantly advocacy for the benefits the sector brings to the businesses and economies of Asia-Pacific. A stronger ICESAP under PCMA is a win-win…for me personally it is validation of the investment of time and money I have made over the past four years in establishing what I felt was needed for our industry in Asia Pacific,” he said.
ICESAP launched the Agency Accreditation Scheme earlier this year, and also offers the certificate in Incentive, Conference and Event Management, a five-module online distance learning program created in association with William Angliss Institute.
PCMA is headquartered in Chicago and has 17 chapters across the US, Canada and Mexico, with members in more than 40 countries worldwide.
More details in today’s Travel Daily and in the next edition of Business Events News.