The APCE Award is awarded by the Spanish Association of Conference Centres (APCE). Its purpose is to acknowledge and endorse the prestige of persons and organisations which, by holding their events in conference centres, help to promote activities in the conference industry and create a powerful economic multiplier effect on the area in which they are located.
The APCE Award is a sculpture created by the prestigious Valencian designer, Pepe Gimeno. Made of rusted iron and lacquered aluminium, it symbolises the convergence and exchange of ideas which exists among conference centres.
The APCE Award has become the highest accolade within the conference sector in Spain. The selection process begins with a proposal put forward by the APCE’s Board of Directors. This is then endorsed by the General Assembly, which is made up of member conference centre managers. The award ceremony generally coincides with the APCE Annual Conference.
To mark the royal audience granted to the Association, the Board of Directors thanked His Majesty the King on behalf of all its members and presented him with a special APCE Award.
During the 12th APCE Congress held at Baluarte, the Conference Centre and Auditorium of Navarre, the APCE Award was given to the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics, represented on this occasion by its Chairman, Dr. Jose Maria Lailla Vicens. This prize recognises the SEGO endorsement and use of APCE conference centres to celebrate their events.
During the 11th edition of the APCE Annual Congress, held the 17th and 18th July at the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall in Bilbao, the organization honored with the APCE award to Dr. Miguel Unda Urzaiz, National Coordinator of the Group of Uro-Oncology of the Spanish Association of Urology (AEU). This award was given in recognition of the trust placed in the Spanish Conference Centres for the realization of events organized by the AEU.
The 10th APCE Congress was hold at the Castile and Leon Conference Centre in Salamanca from July 12th to July 13th. This event rounded off a decade of meetings which have brought together almost 500 delegates since 2003. During the congress's traditional gala dinner, the APCE Award was given to Dr. Manuel Castaño, the Deputy Chairman of the Spanish Society of Rheumatology, in recognition of the Society’s repeated endorsement and use of our member centres to hold their events.
The 9th APCE Congress, as a part of the Association's anniversary celebrations, took place in the Valencia Conference Centre from July 14th to July 15th. The culmination of the Association's anniversary celebrations, as well as an impressive scientific and social programme, was the gala dinner held at the Las Arenas Balneario Resort, during which the APCE Award will be given to the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, represented on this occasion by its Chairman, Dr. José Carlos Moreno.
During the 8th Spanish Association of Conference Centres Congress, which took place in Miguel Delibes Congress Centre in Valladolid, the 15th and 16th of July, the APCE Award was presented this time to the Spanish Thrombosis and Hemostasis Society (SETH). The award was received by its deputy manager, Dr. Francisco España Furió, in recognition of the impulse given by using conference centre facilities to host the society meetings.
During the 7th Spanish Association of Conference Centres Congress, hosted in Santiago de Compostela, the APCE Award was presented to the Spanish Association of Oftalmology (SEO) in recognition of regular use of the associated conference centre facilities to host its meetings. The award was received on behalf of the organisation by its ex-Chairman, Mr. Manuel Sánchez Salorio, who expressed his support in the use of congress centres premises for their national meetings.
The third APCE Award went to the Spanish Neurology Society (SEN) in recognition of the fact that it regularly uses conference centres to host its meetings. The Chairman, Eduardo Martínez, received the award on behalf of the Society during the sixth APCE Conference dinner, held in the spectacular cloister of the Los Agustinos de Haro Hotel.
The second APCE Award was presented to the Spanish Association of Commercial Coding (AECOC), in recognition of the fact that it regularly uses conference centre facilities to host its meetings. The award was received on behalf of the organisation by its Marketing Manager, Mr. Daniel Utrilla. The setting chosen for the award ceremony was Santa Catalina Castle, a small palace in Malaga which is used as a venue for important gatherings and which played host to the fifth APCE Conference dinner, during which the award was presented.
The first APCE Award was posthumously awarded to Víctor Villegas, Managing Director of the Region of Murcia Auditorium and Conference Centre, for the important role he played in the event tourism sector and for his professional career in the conference industry. He extended and consolidated the status of the conference centre he managed as a multipurpose space and increased awareness of it through involvement with international organisations. His tragic death in an accident in 2003 has not erased the mark he left on the centre both in human and professional terms. That same year the centre was renamed the Region of Murcia “Victor Villegas” Auditorium and Conference Centre. Likewise, Victor Villegas left his mark on the Spanish Association of Conference Centres.