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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.”
MIDDLE EAST - Dubai Business Events has signed an agreement with New York-based Marketing Challenges International to help grow Dubai's reputation in North America as a leading business events destination.
EUROPE - Over 100 delegates from the Greek meetings industry attended EFAPCO's Think Forum in Athens to tackle issues currently facing the sector, most notably the lack of recognition from the Greek government.