ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius announced today during the General Assembly at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that the city of Cartagena, Colombia will be the host of the 60th ICCA Congress in 2021.
The ICCA Congress is the flagship event of the International Congress and Convention Association and is highly-anticipated among professionals in the global meetings industry for its high-quality education, networking, and business development opportunities.
ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius said: “The Board is excited to return with the ICCA Congress to Latin America for the first time since Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. We were very impressed with the Colombian bid, in which they presented their ‘pride, passion and purpose’-themed campaign. Colombia has the largest amount of ICCA members in Latin America and with governmental backing from the Colombian President, who submitted a video to show his support for the bid, we are assured of strong local support. The bid also showed great commitment to inviting a large number of associations to join our global association meetings community in Cartagena.”
“It was a close call between the three bidding destinations. We would like to thank the other shortlisted destinations, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Athens, Greece for their marvellous work and encourage them to bid for a future ICCA Congress.”
The 57th ICCA Congress is taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 11-14 November 2018. This year’s event is the biggest edition of any ICCA Congress held outside Europe, with 1,156 attendees from 79 countries in attendance.
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ICCA - the International Congress and Convention Association - represents the world's leading suppliers in handling, transporting and accommodating international association meetings and events, and comprises over 1,100 member companies and organisations in almost 100 countries worldwide. Since its establishment over 50 years ago, ICCA has specialised in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.
ICCA members represent the top destinations worldwide, and the most experienced specialist suppliers. International meeting planners can rely on the ICCA network to find solutions for all their event objectives: venue selection; technical advice; assistance with delegate transportation; full convention planning or ad hoc services.