The ICCA Board of Directors has selected Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, as the host destination for the 2020 Congress, following what was the most competitive bidding exercise in the association’s history. This was announced today during the General Assembly at the 56th ICCA Congress in Prague, Czech Republic.
A total of eight ICCA destination teams submitted first round bids, from whom three were shortlisted just before IMEX in May 2017: Kaohsiung, Yokohama in Japan, and Cartagena de Indias in Colombia. The final presentations were made to the Board on Saturday 11 November, and the winner was announced by ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius at the ICCA General Assembly the following day.
The President stated: “All three presentations were creative, passionate, but also strongly business-focused, each with their own personality, and in any other year, any one of the three could easily have been a worthy winner. ICCA has made enormous efforts to provide constructive advice and feedback throughout the bidding process, to help all finalists to gain valuable skills that can help their overall bidding excellence, but at the end of the day there can only be one winner.
"Kaohsiung told a compelling story of a city that is re-inventing itself through the power of meetings, their team designed creative concepts that will help ICCA engage more effectively with Asia-Pacific based associations, and they demonstrated great team cohesion and offered tremendous value for money. I have no doubt that 2020 will be a wonderful Congress experience for our entire global community. Yokohama and Cartagena should also be congratulated on their extremely professional, impressive bids”.
Read more about Kaohsiung's bid on: http://www.icca2020kaohsiung.com/
The global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry
ICCA - the International Congress and Convention Association - represents the world's leading suppliers in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises over 1,000 member companies and organisations in almost 100 countries worldwide. Since its establishment over 50 years ago, ICCA specialises 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.
For more information about the ICCA Congress, visit: www.congress2017.iccaworld.org
- Email Mathijs Vleeming