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New global Competitive Index launched by GainingEdge

A new index which ranks cities in terms of their competitive strength for attracting international conventions was launched at the ICCA Annual Congress this week in Dubai. GainingEdge CEO, Gary Grimmer said his company’s Competitive Index would help destinations gain insights into how much convention business they should expect to host on an annual basis. “ICCA statistics provide a great source of...

James Rees elected new ICCA President

ExCeL London’s Executive Director James Rees was elected the new President of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) at the General Assembly during the association’s 57th Congress in Dubai, 11 November. He was first elected to the ICCA Board in 2012 and became Vice-President in 2017. In a powerful speech to delegates, Rees said: “I will use ICCA’s strengths to drive inn...

BestCities partners Dubai and Houston in close ICCA collaboration

BestCities Global Alliance partner-cities Dubai and Houston have agreed to step up continuity between the 2018 and 2019 ICCA Congresses hosted in the respective destinations. Dubai is set to host a record-breaking 2018 Congress, 11-14 November, while the 2019 edition is set for 27-30 October 2019 in Houston. Steen Jakobsen of Dubai Business Events and Daniel Palomo of Visit Houston joined Paul Val...

New ICCA report on 55-year history of international association meetings tells story of continued growth

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)’s newest industry report A Modern History of International Association Meetings – Update: 1963-2017, released to celebrate the global association’s 55th anniversary, reveals the results of an extensive study on the 55-year growth of the international association meetings industry. The report celebrates the continued influence of internat...

BMA finalists lined up for biggest ICCA Congress outside Europe

Three leading ICCA member suppliers are set to compete live on 13 November to be named the 21st winner of the association’s Best Marketing Award. They will all present at the 2018 ICCA Congress in Dubai, which, with a 1,000-plus delegates is shaping up to be the biggest Congress held by ICCA outside of Europe. The shortlisted finalists for the ICCA Best Marketing Award are: VisitScotland: ‘Scotlan...

Istanbul CVB signs up as ICCA Association Relations Partner

Istanbul CVB has signed an agreement to work with the International Congress and Convention Association as an Association Relations Partner (ARP), with the aim of promoting further Istanbul as a leading congress destination. The President of Istanbul CVB and the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Sekib Avdagic and the ICCA regional director (Europe), Elif Balci Fisunoglu signed the two-year agreement o...