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BESTCITIES ALLIANCE APPOINTS FRANDSEN AS NEW CHAIR posted on: 12/1/2011 12:10:09
WORLD - The BestCities Global Alliance of eight convention bureaus from across the world, has appointed Cape Town and Western Cape Town Convention Bureau’s Executive Manager David Frandsen as its new Board Chair.
Frandsen will provide the professional and strategic leadership of the alliance, which now includes Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Melbourne, San Juan, Singapore and Vancouver.
“BestCities has come a long way, and it is my honour to carry its beacon into a new decade,” says Frandsen. “What started as a friendly brainstorming session among five diverse and competing convention bureaus a little more than 10 years ago, has today become a mighty force of some of the world’s top convention bureaus with combined resources and expertise.
“This year, we will up the ante with even more business development initiatives and activities and hold two client events, one each in Copenhagen and Dubai. Our Bid Intelligence Registry is, today, a treasure trove of information that will help our partner cities better understand the meeting requirements of clients, and serve their needs even better.”
AUSTRALASIA - Six of global convention bureau alliance BestCities' partners have ranked among the worlds' most innovative cities on Business Insider's 2014 list of the '18 Most Innovative Cities in the World'.
EUROPE - The latest figures from Britain's Office for National Statistics indicate that the first half of 2014 was the strongest ever for inbound British tourism, however business visit figures are yet to hit 2008 levels.
EUROPE - Facebook and XING are the most used social media channels by German-speaking organisers, followed by YouTube, according to the latest research from event management software specialist Xing Events.