Asia Pacific Moves Forward in Hybrid Format
This December, ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter, will convene once again for an incredible two days of learning, networking, and business development opportunities. With the theme of “Navigating a New Model for Meetings”, the second edition of the ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Summit (ICCA AP Summit) is scheduled to take place from 15-16 December 2020 at PACIFICO Yokohama, Japan. The annual Summit will be co-hosted by the City of Yokohama, Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau (YCVB) and PACIFICO Yokohama and co-organised with the ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter.
Despite all restrictions brought by the pandemic, the 2020 AP Summit is committed to connecting, sharing strategies, engaging in unfiltered discussions, driving business forward, and leveraging on the strength of the Asia-Pac community on how to push business agility during unprecedented disruption. This year’s event is taking on a hybrid format, consisting of virtual and physical components to help facilitate conversations for the industry across the region. The two-day event will see ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter – the largest Chapter in ICCA’s global membership with 300 members coming in full force, sharing knowledge, discussing collaboration, exchanging innovative ideas, and networking with their industry peers in a virtual space.
Noor Hamid, Regional Director – Asia Pacific, ICCA said: “There are two major events happening in the region for the ICCA Asia Pacific members – firstly, the 59th ICCA Congress in Kaohsiung from 1-3 November, followed by the 2nd ICCA Asia Pacific Summit in Yokohama, 15 – 16 December. With stronger educational sessions, physical and online networking, and business opportunities, we are confident that Yokohama will create a lasting impression despite the pandemic challenges. We look forward to welcoming the business leaders joining us this December, both in person and virtually.”
Nobuyuki Furukawa, Chair of ICCA AP Summit 2020 Local Host Committee (Chairman, Yokohama Convention & Visitors Bureau) said: “We are building a program which gets a feeling for Yokohama and satisfies all delegates both in person and virtually, and I am confident that 2nd ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Summit will strengthen ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter’s community. I wish to invite you to the ICCA AP Summit 2020 in December.”
Makoto Batori, Executive Director, PACIFICO Yokohama said: “We at PACIFICO Yokohama look forward to welcoming delegates from Japan and the Asia Pacific region as soon as our borders reopen for international travellers. Despite the COVID-19, PACIFICO Yokohama will strive to stage this hybrid AP Summit to the best of our ability – featuring some of top speakers in the industry and beyond”
The ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Summit was started in 2019 with its inaugural edition held in Penang, Malaysia and it has been connecting the Asia Pacific meetings community since then. An event for the members and by the members, the Summit serves as a platform for sharing knowledge and showcasing the strength of the community. It aims to provide strong educational contents and foster member-to-members partnership for the advancement of the ICCA Asia Pacific business events community.
Registration for the ICCA Asia Pacific Summit is now open; the preliminary programme and registration can be accessed at the official event website: https://iccaapyokohama2020.com/
As part of the Summit’s CSR campaign, the host – Yokohama City, an “SDGｓFuture City” chosen by the Japanese government, will donate EUR5 from each registration to the “Yokohama Blue Carbon Project” which is a novel carbon offset campaign utilizing coastal resources.