Eventia and IVCA to vote on merger in April

Eventia and the International Visual Communications Association (IVCA) will put their merger proposal to members for a vote in April.

Eventia and IVCA could merge
Eventia and IVCA could merge

A merger between the two would create a joint body which could cover a sector worth £36 billion, according to Eventia chairman Simon Hughes.

The proposal to join the associations was made last year. The boards of both associations are now finalising details to create the new venture, and a ballot will be put to IVCA and Eventia members in early April.

Over the next few weeks, working groups will finalise a memorandum of understanding, detailing operational and commercial plans for the new body.

Simon Hughes, chairman of Eventia, said: "We are now at a point where both the consultation that we've had with our members and the detailed work required to create something new and compelling for the live communications industry is almost complete. I'm looking forward to giving our membership the chance to engage directly with this process through the ballot which we will launch in April."

Marco Forgione, chief executive of IVCA, said: "I'm really pleased that so much progress has been made. The two boards are now finalising the details for the creation of a new sector leading membership association. An association which will help lead our industry through the emerging landscape."

Do you think the two should merge? Comment below and let us know what you think. 

For more analysis of what the merger would mean for the industry, and an in-depth look at associations, don't miss the April issue of Event magazine by subscribing here.


Have your say

Only registered users may comment. Sign in now or register for free.

Follow us

Latest Event Jobs