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The San Diego Convention Center has notified APEX/IFSA that it will not be able to host APEX/IFSA EXPO. APEX and IFSA are working through a number of activities to finalize including official written notifications, hotel and vendor releases, and legal review. APEX & IFSA is dedicated to offer programs that meet the needs of our members, help position our industry’s recovery, and continue forward with the thought leadership needed to advance our world. Learn more about our action plan. 

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IFSA membership joins industry professionals and organizations looking to achieve strategic, powerful results within the onboard industry. The benefits of IFSA membership are plentiful: professional networking, industry and role-specific knowledge sharing, collaborative benefits and industry progress. Learn more about how IFSA can benefit you.

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Thank you to our 2020 IFSA Foundation donors! The IFSA Foundation relies on generous donations to help students and current onboard services professionals further their education. We are grateful for the dedication and continued support of our donors.

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By furthering our relationship with the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), we bring greater value to our members through an increasing our global footprint, opportunities to build additional strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations, and opportunities to establish ourselves as the industry’s global representative of the growing catering and in-flight/onboard hospitality market.

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International Flight Services Association and The Mercurys Announce Cooperation



Two of our industry’s oldest and most revered institutions have agreed a cooperative alliance. The International Flight Services Association [IFSA], founded in 1966 and the Mercury Awards, founded in 1982 now under the stewardship of SIAL Middle East [SIALME], have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to cooperate on a number of levels.

This historic agreement will be formally announced in September at IFSA’s Annual Conference and a further announcement will be made at the Mercury Awards event in December. This aims to further enhance the opportunity for The Mercurys under SIALME and IFSA to collaborate and introduce initiatives that will support the industry. 

“We are eager to partner with the Mercury Awards, as one of IFSA’s primary initiatives has been to further grow our reach to the Middle East region,” said IFSA President, Jane Bernier-Tran. “Looking to the future, we plan to see a series of initiatives resulting from the alliance as we strive to support the airlines and hospitality suppliers who are dedicated to a better passenger experience.”

“2017 will mark 36 years for the Mercurys awards and will celebrate and accolade the best innovators within the travel catering industry. In IFSA, we have found just the right partner as this will help bring increased recognition for the Mercurys,” said Joanne Cook, Managing Director of SIAL Middle East.

The Mercurys and IFSA recognise this alliance as a stepping stone for many collaborations in future for the advancement of inflight services industry.


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