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2021 ICCA Congress goes to Colombia

The largest ICCA Congress ever held outside Europe held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with more than 1,150 senior meetings industry professionals and association meeting planners from almost 80 countries in attendance.

ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius announced today during the General Assembly 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.”

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