Incentives, Meetings & Conference Management, Event Management, Kick Offs, Special Interest Groups, Upscale FITs and Land Arrangements for Cruise Ships
First United incorporated Travel Planners of Scandinavia DMC & PCO and it became part of the Danish company. First United Norway's overall objective is to provide personalised services through tailor-made programs and to supply the best International Travel & Events and Professional Congress Management services money can buy.


Travel Planners of Scandinavia
Creation of NAPCO...

April 2011

A national qualification scheme for Professional Congress Organizers is soon to be launched in Norway – and the euromic member is actively involved.

International associations are increasingly developing short lists of destinations which can document an adequate infrastructure of real PCOs with international experience.
Norway Convention Bureau has therefore set up a steering committee with members from the leading PCOs in Norway. Harald Riisnaes, managing director of Travel Planners of Scandinavia - euromic Norway, is a central member of this steering committee.

The committee’s mandate is to establish an objective classification scheme to identify which companies in Norway meet the necessary professional knowledge level required in order to call themselves a PCO. The qualified PCOs will then become members of the newly founded Norwegian Association of PCOs or NAPCO.

The new qualification scheme will very much mirror criteria set by the renowned IAPCO.

In order to become a member of NAPCO, the applicant must be able to document that they possess both the technical expertise and IT software to deliver the following services in a professional and quality-assured manner:

  • Project Management.
  • Budget creation, budget management and financial responsibility.
  • Participant administration
  • Administration of hotels & event locations
  • Marketing & promotions
  • Exhibition & sponsorship coordination
  • Abstract management
  • Production and management of social events, pre/post tours and companion programs

The goal is for Norway to become one of the first countries to implement a national qualification system for the purpose of quality controlling their congress organizers!


For more information, please contact Harald Riisnaes at

Grieghallen Convention Hall, Bergen


Auditorium Oslo Congressenter