BestCities Global Alliance partner-cities collaborate on hosting ICC Congress
Duabi will host this year’s ICCA Congress on November 11-14, while the 2019 edition will take pace in Houston on October 27-30.
Steen Jakobsen, of Dubai Business Events, and Visit Houston’s Daniel Palomo joined BestCities Global Alliance managing director Paul Vallee and Dennis Speet, interim CEO of ICCA, to discuss the legacy and knowledge transfer for associations.
“In all these years that ICCA has organised congresses around the world, we have never had the chance to promote two Congresses in different years at the same time,” said Speet.
“Best Cities, Dubai and Houston came to the conclusion that this year should be an exception. For the first time in history, ICCA is promoting two congresses in different destinations in the same period, with the hosts joining forces to showcase the ICCA Congress as a leading event in the meetings industry calendar. This is a fantastic example of cities looking beyond their own interest at the benefit of the organiser and symbolises the collaborative spirit of our both industry and the ICCA community.”
Final preparations are being made for this year’s Congress in Dubai, which will be the first edition to take place in the Middle East in ICCA’s 55-year history. Next year marks the first time in 32 years that the ICCA Congress takes place in the US, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the NASA moon landing.
“As a member of the BestCities Global Alliance, we understand the crucial role collaborations can play in this industry, and how knowledge sharing can benefit all parties involved,” said Jakobsen. “The upcoming ICCA Congress in Dubai has been many years in the planning, and there are numerous learnings that we will be eager to share with Houston.”
The next theme for Houston’s ICCA Congress, Innovation and Technology, will be announced at IMEX.
“We use the #HoustonLaunch campaign to look forward, with leading suppliers and association meeting planners from all over the world, to the ICCA Congress in Houston, but also, we use it as an angle to profile Houston as innovation, technology and one of the energy capitals of the world,” said Palomo.
“On top of that, 2019 is the perfect year for Houston to take the reigns as its the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, in which Houston’s NASA mission control played a huge part. The education programme will include out of the box sessions at Space Center Houston where astronauts follow trainings.”
Vallee said it was fantastic to see two member cities hosting the ICCA Congress back-to-back.
“Both Houston and Dubai have a wealth of knowledge to share on science, technology and innovation, with aspects of these industries reflected in the education programme of the ICCA Congress and in many features of the winning Incredible Impacts submissions,” he said.