BestCities Congratulates Partners in 2017 ICCA
Event Africa Contributor 15/05/2018 Industry Events
BestCities congratulates Bogotá on climbing the global rankings in this year’s International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) report.
Moving up 14 places to 45th, the city also had the largest number of attendees for events in the region, with a total of 52,868 people. This positive result comes ahead of the South American meeting destination hosting the annual BestCities Global Forum later this year.
The Alliance also acknowledges members, Houston and Vancouver, who have made significant movements in the report, climbing 38 places to 148th and 16 places to 39th respectively. The improved rankings for all three cities sit alongside the continued success of other BestCities partners; Berlin (4th), Singapore (6th) and Madrid (7th), who have all solidified their place within the top 10, maintaining their current positions since 2016.
The BestCities Global Forum will see its 12 destinations; ten of which sit within the ICCA top 45 cities; come together once again at its annual educational event this December, sharing knowledge to enhance the planning and positive impact of association events. To see the majority (67%) of the BestCities partner destinations climb the rankings or maintain their position within the top ten is a testament to the shared expertise amongst the Alliance.
Speaking of its partners successes, Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said:
“It’s fantastic to see so many of our BestCities partners performing well in the ICCA 2017 report. As an international network of 12 leading convention bureaus across the globe, these results help solidify our shared commitment to the international association community and the appeal to visit each destination.
“With a combined total of 1,072 meetings hosted in 2017, our alliance is delivering nothing short of the best for so many world-class associations, year in, year out.
“We’re thrilled to see Bogotá jump 14 places on the year that they will host our Global Forum. As always, we strive to help more clients create meaningful and lasting impacts across the industry and hope this year’s theme, The Power of People, will enable us to achieve this on a new level.”
Jorge Mario Díaz of Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau said:
“The Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau has been striving to grow and develop its event industry and to have the city’s efforts recognised in the ICCA rankings is a huge achievement of the strategy implemented and evidence to the hard work of the team.
“This result shows the efficiency of the city’s marketing strategy and the attraction of events that we started three years ago, led by the Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau and the Local Government.
“Bogotá is a truly diverse and eclectic destination that can cater to a wide range of association meetings.
“This year we’re excited to host the BestCites Global Forum and look forward to welcoming our partner cities and delegates to celebrate, The Power of People. We feel this event will be a real highlight on what has been a great year for Bogotá so far.”