SingEx Holdings Pte Ltd (SingEx)'s chief executive officer, Aloysius Arlando, has been elected President of the Brussels-based Association Internationale des Palais de Congres (AIPC), or the International Association of Convention Centres, as its first-ever Asian leader.
This announcement was made at the recent AIPC General Assembly held alongside the Association's annual conference in Sydney, Australia.
As CEO of SingEx, Arlando has built up a strong portfolio of MICE-related ventures. Recently, the company acquired a majority stake in Worldex, an event organiser and event business solutions provider based in Guangzhou, China, as part of its plans to expand into the major markets of ASEAN, India and China.
Within AIPC, after taking the helm from Geoff Donaghy, CEO of International Convention Centre Sydney, Arlando will lead a seven-member Board comprising CEOs of convention centres in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Cape Town, London, Melbourne and Washington DC.
His appointment will usher in a new period of regional growth for the Association, which will continue to strengthen the role of international meetings industry in supporting economic, academic and professional development, as well as enhancing global relations, according to a statement from SingEx.
Given Asia's burgeoning economies, the region is poised to lead the growth of business events - key enablers of fostering growth in trade and investment as well as realising network opportunities.
Commenting on his new position, Arlando said, "I'm working to ensure that the membership composition of AIPC is enriched with a mosaic of convention centres from various regions of the world… as centres in Asia adapt and grow, new innovations and designs will surface and these can be shared with members in Europe, Africa and the Americas for mutual benefit."
He emphasised that during his term as President, he will focus on professional development and establishing regional platforms through boutique networking events, business interactive sessions and exclusive regional summits.