Release Date: 23 May 2007
Release ID: 1283
The world’s largest organisation for international independent logistics companies is looking for a new home for its conferences. WCA Family of Logistic Networks is inviting Asian cities to bid for the chance to become what its founder calls the “perfect venue” for the next several years.
Explaining why WCA Family is looking for a change of venue, president David Yokeum said: “Our annual conferences now attract close to 2,500 delegates from – literally – all over the world. There are two separate events, the WCA Family Annual Conference Week – a three-in-one format for our three most populous networks – and the Sino-International Annual Freight Forwarders’ Conference.
“These meetings have grown to become the two global premier events of the year for the world logistics industry. In order to maximise their effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, as well as to make them even better events, I have embarked on the search for the ‘perfect venue’ – one for the WCA Family event and one for the Sino-International – that would host the 2008 versions and, subject to negotiation, might act as host city for several further years to come.”
WCA Family conference week takes place at a venue in Asia and the organiser would like to remain there, “partly because we have our main office in the region, partly because so much of current and future international trade (and our membership) is based in the region and partly because delegates worldwide enjoy coming to Asia and are able to experience good value for their conference fees and travel costs.”
For the past five years, Thailand has hosted WCA Family conferences, with Bangkok’s Plaza Athenee hotel becoming ‘home’ for four years. However, WCA Family outgrew this venue and tried the Royal Cliff Beach complex in Pattaya in February 2007, but response from almost 900 attendees was not positive.
The Sino event is co-organised with CIFA (the China International Freight Forwarders’ Association), with the co-operation and approval of the Ministry of Commerce of the PRC. This will continue to take place in China and involves approximately 50 percent Chinese forwarders and 50 percent of their counterparts from all over the world. The fourth annual meeting is in Guangzhou, June 3-7, 2007, using the renovated Dongfang Hotel facilities.
Conferences include pre-event golf and sightseeing programs, gala dinner, cocktail receptions and “all the trimmings,” added Mr Yokeum. “These are very serious business-oriented events but our members are frequent travellers, most owning their own forwarding businesses. They are major buyers of airfreight and have a quality lifestyle. They expect the best when they come to our events.”
WCA Family organises its meetings in-house. Conference manager Ratchadaporn Jintanakwichai commented: “Our events are not like a conventional ‘conference’ – where hundreds of delegates listen to the same talks by guest speakers – it’s 10,000 individual meetings between top independent forwarders interested in new markets.
“The formula adopted for WCA Family events – using the One-on-One Meetings SchedulerTM system developed by WCA Family of Logistics Technology – is the most effective format for top international independent forwarders to meet and develop new markets and business partnerships.” The 4th Sino-International conference will be the venue for an estimated 13,000 such one-on-one meetings, with attendees meeting more potential partners in three days than they possibly could in a year of travelling.
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