ICCA to launch association community in January

The International Congress and Convention Association will soon welcome planners as affiliate members

ICCA president James Rees.
ICCA president James Rees.

NEW YORK - In January 2020, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) will launch the ICCA Association Community, offering education, connections, tools and resources to help international associations organise more effective meetings.

At the same time, ICCA will begin accepting - for the first time - association buyers as affiliate members. The organisation is targeting association executives with decision-making or a decision-influencing role for events that meet the criteria for inclusion in ICCA's association meetings database: nongovernmental organisations not managed by third parties that hold at least one internationally rotating meeting of at least 50 attendees on a regular basis.

The group's current membership is made up of more than 1,100 international suppliers.

In his Oct 16 message to members, ICCA president James Rees said: "For over 55 years, ICCA has been the catalyst to bring together the major destinations, venues and service providers of the international association meetings industry under a common mission to shape the future and value of international association meetings.

"As the world of meetings has evolved, so has the relationship between ICCA and the associations, moving from the supplier-buyer relationship to that of real partnership and collaboration."

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