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Hargrove Awarded Contract to Support XIX International AIDS Conference

First-time Conference Held in U.S. in 22 years, more than 20,000 attendees expected

February 3, 2012 – Hargrove, one the top trade show and event contractors in the United States, announced today the company has been awarded a significant portion of the services required to support the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) scheduled July 22-27, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Hargrove will provide general contracting services to support the trade show, media and speaker centers, global village, registration, meeting rooms and general sessions to accommodate the more than 20,000 participants from over 200 countries expected to attend.

To be held in the U.S. for the first time in 22 years, the Conference will be convened by the International AIDS Society (IAS) in collaboration with its international and local partners, and is the premier biennial global gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV, and others committed to ending the epidemic. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the IAS is the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, with approximately15,000 members in 194 countries.

“Like past International AIDS Conferences, AIDS 2012 will play a fundamental role in shaping the future global response to HIV and AIDS, says Anouk Rey, Conference Director. Coordinating a meeting of this magnitude requires partnerships and services from the event industry’s best. Hargrove’s decades of experience with global summits around the world and particularly in Washington, DC, demonstrates they are a great fit for AIDS 2012, and we look forward to working with them.”

“We’re honored to support the International AIDS Society and their partners as they bring this extraordinary Conference to the United States. Given our experience with international summits, events and trade shows as well as our extensive experience at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, we look forward to supporting the AIDS 2012 efforts to ensure their important objectives are achieved,” says Tim McGill CEO of Hargrove.