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Handan Boyce attends AIPC Annual Conference, Istanbul to host AIPC members in 2018

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AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres, organized its Annual Conference in Nantes, France. Handan Boyce, General Manager of Haliç Congress Center and former president of MPI Turkey, attended the General Assembly of AIPC Annual Conference in Nantes. Mrs. Handan Boyce made a presentation on behalf of Istanbul for #AIPC2018 Annual Conference's candidacy and AIPC members voted to accept Istanbul for their host city.

AIPC Annual Conference is held in Nantes, France between July 3-6, 2016. A wide range of speakers and sessions addressed the key issues of diversification and adaptation during the conference.

One area receiving particular attention was the panel titled “Security and Communications: a Tactical Response to Growing Challenges” Mrs. Handan Boyce, General Manager of Haliç Congress Center was the panelist with Istanbul, Brussels and Paris senior level representatives, all of whom have experienced direct impacts in recent months.

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Handan Boyce started her speech with her special thanks to the AIPC leaders for their responsive approach by taking up the subject in the Conference program, and inviting her to this panel as a representative of a destination which encountered the ugly face of the threat in action.

In her speech Mrs. Handan Boyce said: “No destination is immune or safe when the subject is terror. Borders are not enough to withhold that kind of vicious mind-set, unless it is defeated with combined efforts and responsibilities of the governments. It is time to stand together and show solidarity in the greater effort to encourage and support the future of our industry and the values it stands for.”

In her speech, Mrs. Boyce exchanged the knowledge of both the security measures taken by the venues and the collaboration at all level of stakeholders and local governments as proactive responses to the challenges that the destination faced during the time of crisis.

At the last day of the conference, Mrs. Handan Boyce made a presentation to the General Assembly on behalf of Istanbul for the candidacy of AIPC 2018 Annual Conference. Thanks to her successful presentation that AIPC members voted to accept Istanbul, Turkey to host the 2018 AIPC Annual Conference.

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