Following Walter Straub (Hofburg, Wien), Michael Sharp (Central Hall Westminster, London) Holger Kruppe (Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal) Armin Egger (Congress Graz)was unanimously elected as president of HCCE at the Trauttmansdorf Castle, Merano, Italy during the Annual General Assembly 13th April 2012.
Armin Egger immediately thanked retiring president Holger Kruppe for the enthusiasm and dedication that was a hallmark of his time in office. Holger Kruppe remarked: in 1994 Niki Braisach, Graz, Walter Straub, Vienna, and others first met to discuss the formation of an association for unique conference and concert venues. The association members would serve the meeting industry as the premier partner with their unique historic environment. In 1995 twelve exceptional venues formed the alliance and selected the title for the group as the Historic Conference Centres of Europe - HCCE. Today HCCE is an association registered in the UK, London, with 22 members in 12 significantly different European countries and more waiting to join.
Armin Egger replied that whilst Graz was a Founder Member of HCCE he should explain a little of his background and experience;
Born and educated in Austria and California with many senior career appointments including heading two bids for the Olympic Winter Games. Significantly becoming the CEO and President of Davos Switzerland, one of the most prestigious destinations within the European Alps and MICE industry. Davos, the home of the well known World Economic Forum. Since 2009 the CEO and President of the MCG group, a holding company which owns 5 companies and manages 6 further companies. One of these companies is the Congress Graz which is a founding and a proud member of the HCCE.
Armin Egger closed by reporting that Clients of HCCE members can count on highly professional teams that aim not only to offer the highest quality service but to create long term business relationships. HCCE recognise and greatly appreciate clients recommending HCCE venues to other clients and friends following the outstanding service and unique environment that they have enjoyed. With 22 centres in 12 countries clients can celebrate future events at distinctive member venues across Europe.