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ICCA board visits Tel Aviv following $100m Eurovision renovation

The board of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recently took a trip to Tel Aviv in Israel, to learn more about the city and meet with key industry figures.

ICCA strikes content deal with new member eSpeakers

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has struck a partnership deal with eSpeakers, an online source of professional speakers for international meeting organisers.

New Chair for BestCities as Karina Lance steps down

Beverley Williamson, General Manager of Business Development and Bids at Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), has been appointed as Chairperson for the BestCities Global Alliance Strategic Business Development group (SBD). She will take over from Karina Lance of Dubai Tourism, who had been the Chair since May 2017. Williamson (pictured) will bring a wealth of experience, with 25 years in the busines...

AIPC, ICCA and UFI launch of Global Alliance in new collaboration effort

Three global meetings industry associations have agreed to launch a Global Alliance designed to facilitate closer co-operation. AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association), and UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) agreed to launch the initiative, which they hope will generate more comprehensive and bett...

ICCA to take the high ground as Tyrol announced as host for AMP 2020

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced, during the Closing Ceremony, 20 June, of the fourth edition of the ICCA Association Meetings Programme in Durban, South Africa, that its next, 2020 edition would be held in the Tyrol region of Austria. Host cities Innsbruck and Alpbach will share the event. AMP is designed to bring ICCA Members and Association Executives toget...

Privileged Penang to welcome ICCA Asia Pac Summit

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) introduced its business events support programme – Privilege Penang – at a Networking Dinner during IMEX Frankfurt recently as well as announcing it will host the inaugural ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Asia Pacific Summit 2019. That summit will take place concurrently with the 4th edition of BE@Penang, 5–6 Dec...

ICCA UK & Ireland members stridently confident and upbeat about political challenges

Venue and destination members of the ICCA UK & Ireland Chapter voiced positive attitudes and commitment to the challenges of Brexit and ongoing political uncertainty in the UK during the annual half year ICCA chapter meeting at IMEX Frankfurt. Following an upbeat introduction from Chapter chair, Diane Waldron of the QEII Centre, members took to the stage to discuss recent wins, positive storie...

Ex-ICCA CEO Martin Sirk appointed to Global Association Hubs

Ex-ICCA CEO Martin Sirk (pictured second from left) has been appointed as the new International Advisor to Global Association Hubs, an organisation which aims to develop associations around the world. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced the sudden departure of long-serving CEO Sirk last July, saying it would be “working with new leadership to drive the associatio...

Paris ranked number one city in the world for association meetings

​​​​​​​Paris has returned to the top of the ICCA City Rankings, with the USA continuing to top the Country Rankings. The French capital previously held the top city spot in 2016, and now returns in the newly released rankings covering 2018 to claim first place. The new ICCA’s 2018 Country and City Rankings also mark another successful year for the association meetings market, with the global meeti...

ICCA appoints Senthil Gopinath as new CEO

The Board of Directors of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has selected Senthil Gopinath to serve as the organisation’s new CEO. The Board made the selection in a closed-vote process, with Gopinath winning by majority vote. He will begin the new role in April 2019. “Senthil brings the qualities that we most need in a leader at this juncture,” said James Rees, ICCA Presi...

ICCA’s Balci Fisunoglu receives ACE of M.I.C.E Outstanding Service Award

Elif Balci Fisunoglu has been handed Turkish exhibition ACE of M.I.C.E’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her contributions to the growth of the international meetings industry. Fisunoglu is ICCA Regional Director Europe and received the award in Istanbul on 4 April at the exhibition’s seventh annual awards. Under her leadership, ICCA Europe has experienced fast-paced growth, welcoming ...

Penang to host inaugural ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter Summit in December

Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) is preparing to host the inaugural ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Asia Pacific Chapter Summit 2019, 5–6 December. The Summit will be organised by the ICCA Asia Pacific Chapter and co-hosted by PCEB and Anderes Fourdy, a Malaysia-based PCO. It will be held at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in conjunction with Malaysia’s l...