THE Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA) has seen its membership expand in the past year to include more representatives from Myanmar, Japan and Hong Kong, allowing members to benefit from a greater pool of experts who can share trade knowledge.
Speaking to TTGmice e-Weekly during the AFECA Forum today, Walter Yeh, AFECA president, said: ‚ÄúAFECA was set up 10 years ago to promote the industry of conventions, exhibitions, meetings and events, and it has been growing its membership. We now have 28 association members. This has enabled us to strengthen our ability to exchange business knowledge, and we will be doing more activities in the coming years to facilitate such intelligence sharing.‚ÄĚ
The association also has 98 regular and affiliate member companies from 17 countries, and nine advisory council members from eight countries.
Yeh said AFECA intends to make the AFECA Awards and AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge annual affairs, although the decision to host a second edition of the AEC+ Expo is now pending, subject to trade feedback on the inaugural show which ends tomorrow.
‚ÄúWe may even enhance the AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge next year by turning it into a competition that is open to MICE professionals,‚ÄĚ Yeh revealed.
‚ÄúGoing forward, AFECA will be even more active and will look for other opportunities for our members to engage one another,‚ÄĚ he added.