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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...

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...

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...