Professional Conference Organiser

Professional Conference Organiser

A Professional Conference Organiser or Professional Congress Organiser (PCO) is a company which specialises in the organisation and management of congresses, conferences, seminars and similar events.

Role of PCOs

PCOs work as consultants for academic and professional associations. They usually provide full service management for conferences including but not limited to conference design, registration, site and venue selection and booking, audiovisuals, IT support, logistics, leisure management, marketing, printing and web services, sourcing speakers, funding and sponsorship, financial management and budget control [ [ Evaluating A Pco ] ] [ [,M1 Conferences and Conventions: A Global Industry By Tony Rogers] ] .

Other companies offer related services including travel agents and public relations companies. They tend to focus on limited areas such as destination management.

ize of market sector

A 2006 survey of UK conference venues found that a third of conference bookings were made by PCOs or venue-finding agencies [ [ British Conference Venues Survey 2007] ] [ [ Report in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management] ] . At that time UK-based conferences generated £7.6 billion in direct sales giving PCOs a central role in some £2.5 billion of revenue generation. The UK is ranked second behind the US for global market share of conferences. Thus, although there is no one source of global statistics for the conference market it appears that PCOs play a central role in several billion dollars worth of revenue generation worldwide.

See also

Academic conference

External links

[ IAPCO - the International Association of PCOs]

[ Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO)]

[ International Congress & Convention Association]

[ Meeting Professionals International]


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