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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...

Into Africa with ICCA in June

Delegates at the ICCA Association Meetings Programme (AMP) 2019, which takes place in Durban, South Africa, 18-20 June, will take ‘Inspiration to go further’ as the theme of their meeting. Influenced by Durban’s entrepreneurial spirit and guiding all aspects of the core education programme, the theme, ICCA says, has been chosen to communicate the AMP’s aim of providing delegates, through personali...

Meetings Africa’s BONDay underway

“This year we have 338 exhibitors and 462 buyers from 65 countries. This is a new record for Meetings Africa,” said Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, National Convention Bureau Chief Officer, ahead of the show’s 2019 edition opening in Johannesburg, 26 February. On the eve of the opening there were Business Opportunity Network (BONDay) sessions at the Sandton Convention Centre, where Kotze-Nhlapo welcomed gues...

Conventa Ambassador Award 2019 goes to… ICCA

Elif Balci Fisunoglu, ICCA Regional Director Europe, accepted the Conventa Ambassador 2019 on behalf of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) during the 11th edition of the Conventa trade show in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23 January. The award was presented in recognition for ICCA’s contributions to and strong support of the development of the international association meetings i...

IBTM Arabia partners with ICCA Middle East to host MICE Knowledge Platform

IBTM Arabia has announced the first details of the Knowledge Programme for its 2019 event, which will take place at Jumeirah Etihad Towers from 25-27 March. New this year is a ‘MICE Knowledge Platform’ – two specially tailored sessions in association with ICCA Middle East. The first session, ‘Business approaches across cultures’, will bring together panel members from across the MENA region ...

Dubai targets larger events and reports $330m meetings impact

Dubai is targeting larger-scale business events and says its 2018 wins are set to deliver AED1.2bn (US$330m) in economic impact over the coming years. The emirate’s CVB, Dubai Business Events (DBE), says that 153,000 delegates will visit the emirate as a result of business event wins in 2018. The bureau also reports growth in winning bids last year when it helped secure a total of 261 successful b...

ICCA sees big charity contribution in Dubai

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) continued its a strong tradition of giving back to the local community during its annual congress, collecting a €5,555 (US$7,044) contribution to the blindness prevention charity Noor Dubai Foundation at its 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai in November. ICCA also donated 591 pairs of glasses. Dubai Business Events, the city’s official convent...

In pictures: the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) helds its 57th Congress in Dubai 10-14 November. A new President, Interim CEO and 10 awards to leading women in the sector were highlights, as well as four days of content-driven sessions and keynotes. The social highlight was the gala evening in the desert.

ICCA celebrates women’s contributions to business events

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) highlighted the contributions of women to the meetings industry at its 57th Congress in Dubai, with 10 women from across the association’s global community honoured with an Inspirational ICCA Women award. The award was presented by outgoing ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius, the second female ICCA President, who asked colleagues in t...

Meetings Mean Business Canada leads by example

The Meetings Mean Business (MMB) Canada 2018 Chair, Heidi Welker, has offered delegates at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai insights into the MMB industry lobby group’s founding in the US. It also discussed the licensing benefits the Canadian business events industry realised in its efforts to be recognised as an important contributor to the economy. Presenting at the ICCA Congress session, 12 Nove...