Tokyo, Japan – World PCO Alliance partner Valentini Amarantidou of Greece's ARTION was recently named one of the top 10 Most Influential Meeting Agency Representatives by Kongress Magazine.
The list is intended to recognize top contributors in the regional meetings industry. Valentini Amarantidou is a veteran in the MICE industry, with nearly thirty years of experience in global entrepreneurship and project management. She is a partner at ARTION Conferences & Events, where she also serves as Director of Development.
Under her leadership, ARTION has delivered projects across Europe, Asia and the Americas. These achievements are particularly special to Valentini, given the recent challenges for the Greek economy and the country reputation during the past 10 years. Looking ahead to 2022, Valentini is focused on growth and on recovery from a pandemic that greatly affected the meetings industry. “We first need to get business back on track through new contracts and projects,” she says. “Secondly, we must refocus on the bidding strategy that has been left behind, and, lastly, we will invest in association management contracts.”
It’s the eighth year that Kongress compiles the list, billed as the “Most Influential People of New Europe.” Candidates are nominated by Kongress Magazine, after which they are required to respond to a questionnaire that tallies up a score across various criteria, including credibility, creativity and legacy. From there, there is a public voting system. For this latest edition of the list, Kongress Magazine received over 1,700 votes.
“Getting on the Kongress Magazine’s list is a moment of pride for my country, my city, my company, my team, and my family and friends,” says Valentini. “It’s a valuable recognition for all the years’ efforts and at the same time serves as a motivation to grow better for the future.”
Founded in 2009, the World PCO Alliance provides leadership in meeting management through the delivery of streamlined and effective meetings around the globe. The Alliance’s mandate includes the collective exchange of education, technology, and other information for the mutual benefit of the industry and ensuring the effective global promotion of its clients’ events. The organization is comprised of 20 chosen, quality PCOs in the meetings industry from around the world.
Organization: The World PCO Alliance