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09 March 2017

Leading ladies of business events

By Gwen Luscombe 08 Mar 2017  In celebration of International Women’s Day, we sit down with four extraordinary women who've made their mark on the business events industry. We find out what it means to be at the helm of the events industry and their advice for other women in the field.  Natalie Simmons—Global General Manager, cievents As the global general manager at world-wide... Read more»

15 February 2017

The Conference Company opens Sydney office to drive global business

New Zealand’s biggest and most internationally connected convention and event organiser, The Conference Company, will this month open its first dedicated off-shore office in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. Managing director and president of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) Jan Tonkin says the Castlereagh St office, headed by Asia Pacific manager Stephen Noble, was a significant investment for the company. “Face-time with clients and... Read more»

28 November 2016

Expect the Unexpected: Risk Mitigation Strategies for Event Organizers

Originally published on, October 28 2016. When planning a congress or conference, especially an international event, you can never plan enough. One area, however, that organizers are paying much more attention to is risk mitigation. That is, dealing with any possible risks that could affect the smooth running and successful outcome of an event.  One needs only to read the latest... Read more»

28 July 2016

The Meeting Room of The Future

  Originally published in MeetingNewZ Magazine, July 2016.   The meetings industry is transitioning at a rapid pace. Delegates don’t want the same thing out of a conference anymore; they want interaction, innovation, newness, value, purpose. Yet meeting rooms and conferences today don’t actually look all that different to what they did 20 years ago. The International Association of Convention Centers (IACC) recently published... Read more»

18 July 2016

JAN TONKIN Pioneering Industry Education

  To read other articles in this issue, click here. Originally published in HQ Magazine, July 2016.   Founder and managing director of Auckland-based The Conference Company, Jan Tonkin has taken on a two-year term as president of the professional conference organisers’ association, IAPCO. She explains here what makes IAPCO stand out as an organisation but also all about her love of New Zealand as a meeting destination. You’ve... Read more»

04 April 2016

Jan Tonkin steps into IAPCO President role

NEW PRESIDENT   Jan Tonkin, managing director of Auckland-based The ConferenceCompany,will today take up the presidency of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers. Jan was elected at the Association’s annual General Assembly in Cape Town in February, and takes over from outgoing President Michel Neijmann for a two-year term.  Headquartered in the UK, IAPCO is the industry body dedicated to continuing education, development and quality standards in the meetings industry. Jan says it... Read more»

04 April 2016

New Zealand industry hails leading international role for Jan Tonkin

Originally published by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand, April 4, 2016   Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) congratulates Jan Tonkin on her new role as president of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).   “This prestigious position reflects Jan’s high standing in the world of professional congress organising,” says CINZ Chief Executive, Sue Sullivan.  Jan Tonkin is the founder and managing director of Auckland-based The Conference Company, and now... Read more»

16 March 2016

Turning of the Sod marks beginning of new era for New Zealand PCOs

Following a traditional ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony on February 18, construction on the landmark New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) is now finally underway.  New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was first to ‘turn the sod’, driving a shovel into the Hobson Street site in Auckland’s CBD.  The symbolic gesture marks the beginning of a new era for New Zealand... Read more»

19 October 2015

Experience Fuels Young Talent in Emerging Talent Series

  In a series of seminars aimed at developing industry talent, Conference & Incentives New Zealand is giving young professionals the skills and networking opportunities to progress their careers into management roles.  Emerging Talent, which launched in July this year, recently held its second session in Auckland with industry icons Gillian Officer of SKYCITY and The Conference Company’s Jan Tonkin on the... Read more»

17 September 2015

The Conference Company Welcomed into World PCO Alliance

First published on, Taipei, 16 September 2015 Representing the leading PCOs throughout the globe, the World PCO Alliance was created to help associations organise meetings more efficiently and professionally throughout the globe. All members of the Alliance are leaders in the meetings industry in their respective regions and command a dazzling record in shaping their local meetings and events industry. World PCO Alliance President, Kitty Wong,... Read more»