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Our history

Discover our milestones in history.

Looking back to over thirty years of great stories

1982

  • AKM Congress Services is founded.

1989

  • AKM Travel Services is founded.
  • We organise our first congress with more than 12’000 delegates, European Society of Cardiology, Nice, France.

1990

1991

  • AKM Congress Service opens a branch office in Weil, Germany.

1998

  • We create event homepages and employees begin to work via e-mail.

1999

  • We introduce abstract submission via the internet.

2000

  • We launch a platform for online bookings of congress registration and accommodation.

2002

  • We celebrate 20 years of success in the meetings and association services industry.

2007

  • AKM Congress Services and AKM Travel Services are acquired by the Congrex Group and rebranded as Congrex Switzerland and Congrex Travel respectively.

2011

2012

  • We celebrate 30 years of success in the meetings and association services industry.

2013

  • A management buy-out establishes Congrex Switzerland and Congrex Travel as independent companies backed by 30 years of experience in the meetings and association services industry. The brand and trademark “Congrex” is also acquired by Congrex Switzerland through the MBO.

2014

  • We are accepted by Meeting Planners International (MPI).
  • We launch our new corporate identity including a new website.
  • Congrex Switzerland’s realignment is completed with an injection of CHF 1.5 M in the company’s equity.
  • We organise our largest full service congress ever, the International Liver Congress with 10’799 delegates in London. And we deliver our hugest governmental meeting to date, the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting with 1’968 delegates in Basel.
  • We join the Maritz Global Meetings Network.

2015

2017

  • We introduce our new CEO: Julia Bicher.

2018

  • Together with our long-term client ECTRIMS, we win the IAPCO Regional Client Award.
  • We can call ourselves MedTech Europe Trusted Partner. We went successfully through the training and certification process and attested our commitment to comply with the MedTech Europe Code of Ethical Business Practice.

2019

  • We organise the 50th Annual Meeting and General Assembly of IAPCO in Basel.

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