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Advancing international associations

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

BestCities Global Alliance, a strategic collaboration between 11 meeting destinations around the world, will be hosting its flagship annual event BestCities Global Forum at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai from December 4-8, 2016.

Hosted in partnership with Dubai Business Events and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the four-day forum aims to offer a vibrant learning environment for association senior executives responsible for organising international events with relevant case studies and expert industry speakers. 

This year's line-up include Forum Facilitator Hazel Jackson, CEO of Emirates based biz-group; Dr Tommy Weir, speaker and professor of Hult International Business School; Oliver Martin, a stakeholder engagement strategist, specialising in destination development; Philip Davies, president of strategic brand consultancy EMEA Siegel + Gale and Sherrif Karamat, chief operations officer, PCMA.

So far, over 20 associations have signed up, including World Autism Organisation, Alzheimer's Association, International Astronautical Federation and World Environmental Education Congress.

Said Jonas Wilstrup, convention director of Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau and BestCities Board Chair, "The Global Forum will focus on advancing the purpose of meetings, beyond delegate numbers to long-term legacy development. We will be exploring how global associations can create genuine partnerships with destinations, improving the event's benefit to the host community and strengthen the success of the organisation moving forward.
 
With no cost to attend, including return business class flights to Dubai, accommodation and meals, the Global Forum is open to senior association executives (or AMC on behalf of Associations) considering hosting International Business Events that rotate globally, relevant to any of the 11 BestCities Global Alliance partner cities: Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.