CHICAGO, IL — The 37th edition of IACC Americas Connect took place April 16-18 at the Chubb Hotel & Conference Center and The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA. The conference saw its strongest attendance in 10 years — 293 participants.
Hosted by former White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz (pictured right), the conference included an array of educational sessions, panel discussions in the form of campfires, workshops, culinary tours and tastings, as well as the annual Global Copper Skillet cooking competition. Each day, keynote speakers and industry leaders held sessions on topics such as innovation, leadership, IACC’s Meeting Room of the Future findings, food and beverage, social media, evolving technology and expanding networking circles globally.
“We saw record attendance at this year’s annual Connect conference, a 33 percent rise on last year, which validates the improvements we’ve made by directly involving the meeting planner and university student communities into our signature industry event,” IACC Americas President Sean Anderson said. “This growth also illustrates the rising stock value of IACC across the meetings industry as more than ever, planners look to their venue partners as co-owners in creating the ideal event experience — the IACC Experience.”
During the second day of the conference, the Global Copper Skillet competition took place at the Franklin Institute. The winners were Brian Wagner from Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center, United States, and Leanna Higgs from Wyboston Lakes, United Kingdom.
On the final day of the conference, Mike Van Der Vijver of MindMeeting facilitated the closing session, the “Solutions Room,” where delegates teamed up to support one another in finding the solutions to individual challenges.
Registration is now open for IACC’s next annual European conference, Knowledge Festival, which takes place in Lisbon, Portugal, Oct. 5-7, 2018.