The 2019 IACC Europe Knowledge Festival, which took place at Dolce La Hulpe, Brussels on 4-6 October, was the very first event to attain the Event Industry Council’s brand-new Sustainable Event Standard. The conference put sustainability centre-stage as its attendees embraced the urgency and opportunity to be leaders in sustainable approaches to venue facilities and services.
The educational conference was attended by over 120 delegates from IACC certified conference and meeting venues from counties throughout Europe, America and Australia that represent the top 1% of small to mid-size venues.
The event also staged ceremonies for the IACC Europe Future Leaders Award for those demonstrating innovative ideas and initiatives implemented in the workplace presented to Sophia Montagna, HR Manager from Woodlands Event Centre in the UK. The IACC Europe Innovation Award for those proving innovation and creativity in the IACC community was presented to Land End Conference Centre in the UK for their sustainability program. IACC’s Global Distinguished Service Award was presented to Jeu Bressers, formally of the Kapellerput Hotel & Conference Centre in the Netherlands.
The conference concluded with a Solutions Café plenary session, where attendees identified changes that they were willing to commit to in order to operate more sustainably.