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IAPCO Awards: Record breaking ESC Congress receives international recognition

Embargo: Tuesday 22 May, 2012   15h00 (CEST)

Announced in Paris, presented at IMEX, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) was delighted to be the recipient of the IAPCO Regional Client Award 2011. Nominated by Philippe Fournier, Immediate Past President of IAPCO, Managing Director of MCI France, in recognition of the recent ESC Congress held, for the first time, in Paris and of the fact that the ESC’s preferred choice of agent is to always be an IAPCO PCO.

"The ESC is delighted to receive the IAPCO award. It is recognition of our on-going commitment to provide the highest possible standards of congress organisation to the global cardiology community”, said Ben Hainsworth, Director Congresses & Meetings Division at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “The combination of unrivalled scientific content, the unique appeal of our host city and the unflinching commitment of local partners such as MCI, OTCP and VIPARIS made ESC Congress 2O11 a record breaking event within our field of medicine and an enduring point of reference on the European conference scene. The entire European Heart House team, the HQ of the ESC in the South of France, are all the more proud to have been able to contribute to this success on home territory; this award is above all testament to their determination and expertise."

IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among all sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals.  As part of this commitment, IAPCO, in 1992, created this programme of Awards, to recognise excellence.  Nominated by IAPCO members, these Awards are presented annually to the nominated International Client, Regional/National Client and National Supplier, and have long been coveted by those who have been acknowledged for their quality and contribution to the industry by IAPCO. Over the last 20 years, 63 Awards have been presented, the ESC being the 19th recipient of the Regional Client Award.

"The success of our record breaking ESC Congress 2011 was due to the quality scientific content we provide but also, undoubtedly, to the attraction of Paris. With 33,000 attendees, the ESC Congress is the largest cardiovascular meeting in the world and a "must" for professionals who want to keep up to date with the latest developments in the field of cardiology”, commented. Isabel Bardinet, CEO of the ESC; ”Growing participation from Asia-Pacific and Latin American countries shows that the European Society of Cardiology provides valuable education and information relevant to professionals all over the world ."

Philippe Fournier concluded: “We appreciated that it was a challenge for ESC to add the French Capital to its rotation cities and also to work with a new agent, MCI France. The relationship that ensued and the trust which was established between ESC and all the stakeholders contributed to the incredible success of the Meeting – IAPCO congratulates ESC on their Award.”

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About the European Society of Cardiology

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) represents more than 75,000 cardiology professionals across Europe and the Mediterranean.  Its mission is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe.