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09 April 2018

Who holds the ace cards?

Published in Meetings & Conventions Asia, January-February 2018 Key association leaders share their perspectives on the year ahead and the trends and issues that will influence outcomes in the meetings and events space. Click here to read the full article.... Read more»

15 January 2018

Global Industry Insights

Published in Business Event News, January 2018 As the meetings world continues to change at pace, PCOs are inundated with new ideas on meeting design, learning styles, the latest tech tools and predictions of the ‘next big thing’. Jan Tonkin’s presentation at PCOA17 focused on how we can keep up with current shifts, and how to decide where we should invest our... Read more»

01 December 2017

Understanding cultural intelligence

Published by CIM Magazine, December 2017 When it comes to recruiting, the value of emotional intelligence, or ‘EQ’, is well understood in our industry. But the cultural equivalent, ‘CQ’, is becoming just as important, writes Jan Tonkin, president of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers. Cultural intelligence (CQ) is the capability to relate and work effectively in culturally diverse situations. Characteristics... Read more»

01 November 2017

Asia-Pacific Meetings

Excerpt from 'Asia-Pacific Meetings' as published by The Meeting Magazines, November 2017 New Zealand Planners looking for an expert championing New Zealand as a meeting destination need look no further than Jan Tonkin, managing director of The Conference Company, an Auckland PCO. “As I travel, I’m always intrigued by how New Zealand and New Zealanders are described by others — a country on... Read more»

16 October 2017

Staying with the programme

Published by the Professional Conference Organisers Association, September 2017As PCOs, we’re inundated with new ideas on meeting design, learning styles, the latest tech tools and predictions of the ‘next big thing’. Deciding where to invest your time and energy can be a major challenge. We know the meetings world is changing at pace. Whether we’re working in the international arena or... Read more»

01 September 2017

Becoming Mindfeeders

Words Stephen Noble, Manager Asia Pacific, The Conference CompanyPublished in Boardroom magazine, September 2017 As an association executive or meeting planner when was the last time you asked yourself: "how do your members feed their mind?" In this fast moving world of content overload, there are more than 1.28bn global daily users on Facebook, 1mn global users on Instagram, 320mn monthly... Read more»

01 July 2017

Tripartite Economic Summit Opens Up Trade Doors for Auckland

Published in Headquarters Asia Pacific, July 2017 Auckland has developed long-term and sustainable business connections with major cities Guangzhou and Los Angeles through the historic Tripartite Economic Alliance. The Alliance was signed in November 2014 after the three sister cities decided to upgrade their relationships from cultural and political to business and investment. It has increased trade relations between the three cities. The Alliance –... Read more»

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»