IMEX Las Vegas: The international portfolio of BestCities partners continues to grow with the cities of Berlin and Houston granted preliminary membership of the global alliance, effective 10 October 2011.
As home to the largest medical centre in the world and the brains behind US space exploration, Houston is a city with a lot to offer meeting planners. With the 6th largest airport system in the world and links to more than 180 destinations, it is a large city that retains a small town feel. It is also arguably the most multicultural city in the US as well as one of the most culturally rich with resident companies in the four disciplines of the performing arts - Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and Alley Theatre.
Berlin has been named as one of the top five convention cities worldwide by ICCA for the past five years – not for one but many reasons. The German capital convinces with a large number of convention centres and locations – including the award winning International Congress Centre ICC – as well as Europe’s most
modern hotel landscape. The opening of the new capital airport in June 2012 will result in an increase in long haul flights ensuring Berlin becomes even more attractive for international event planners.