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ICCA Association Newsletter

May 2015
Association Newsletter: May 2015


3rd Quarterly Update

Please find below your Quarterly update from ICCA, which we hope will be of interest to you.



Peers’ advice, essential when organising your meeting – Case study

Need to find out more about the destination you are planning to hold your next meeting in? Do you want to put your mind at ease or simply get some unbiased advice from a peer, who has met at the destination you are considering? Mark Holland of the Mineral Law Foundation shares his experience.


ICCA Congress: a showcase of association leadership and innovation

Each association's dream is to become the leading association in its field and its main meeting to become the main industry event of the year! By introducing new technologies every year, trying out new meetings formats at each congress and setting trends for its members, the ICCA Congress has indeed become the leading event for international association meetings! Speakers at this years’ ICCA Congress in Buenos Aires come from various industries and include many leading association executives such as: Jens Bungardt – World Federation of Haemophilia -WFH; Tom Reiser – International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis -ISTH; Rafael Hirschfeld – International Financial Cryptography Association - IFCA; Helga Severyns – International Association of Public Transport - UITP; Silke Schlinnertz – Euroheat & Power; Prof. Salvatore Di Somma – GREAT network.

We are always on the lookout for associations willing to share their best practices, if you are interested in speaking at one of the ICCA Congresses please contact:

Reward your young staff

Are you an association executive aged 30 and younger or do you have a colleague falling in this category? Are you eager to learn how you can improve your associations’ meetings or would you like to enable one of your colleagues to learn the tricks of the trade? Then consider applying for the complimentary Forum for Young Professionals 2015 taking place from 15 - 17 November 2015 in Barcelona. This is a fully sponsored 3-day education programme, which will kick-start any young association executives’ career in the meetings industry.  To check if you meet the application criteria and to apply, please visit our website.





Meet with destination or venue representatives in a relaxed and informal atmosphere

Consider attending one of the ICCA Client/Supplier Business Workshops to get a quick overview of what offers are available on the market and to share knowledge and best practices amongst your peers. The only cost is 2 days of your time but we know this is your most valuable resource - we guarantee it will be a worthwhile investment! Upcoming workshops can be found on the ICCA website, for more information please view the brochure or contact Claire Jackson at ICCA Head Office (





New White paper launched – “Crisis Management for Meetings”

In cooperation with Safehotels Alliance, ICCA has launched a new white paper designed for association executives to plan, prepare, manage, and recover from any crisis situation. The paper equally provides crisis management direction and guidelines to meetings management companies an association is engaged with e.g. Association Management Companies (AMCs), Professional Congress Organisers (PCOs), Destination Management Companies (DMCs), Hotel and Conference Venues. Download a copy here.





Save the date(s)!

ICCA Hybrid meeting July- Look out for the email announcing registration procedures which will be sent to you in the last week of June!

IMEX America 2015, October 13-15 – Las Vegas, USA -ICCA will have a Hosted Buyer group for IMEX America, please look out for your personal invitation or indicate your interest to Registration will open in June 2015.

IBTM® World 2015, November 17-19 - Barcelona, Spain - If you are interested in joining the ICCA Hosted Buyer group at the tradeshow ibtm® world following the Forum for Young Professionals, please email your interest to Registration will open in June 2015.



International Association Meetings News
Quickly catch up with international association meetings news, hand-picked for you every week by ICCA on You can subscribe to receive weekly updates by email. Here are some highlights: 

Trends in International Association Meetings from North America 2015 Survey Report
Meeting planners reported a strong year in 2014 for international association meetings outside of North America, according to a new survey report by Marketing Challenges International (MCIntl). With a growing economy in the United States and consecutive years of increasing meeting attendance and budgets, the mood looks optimistic for 2015 and beyond. To read the report, please follow this link to the website of our member Marketing Challenges International.

More than half of planners ignorant of meetings programmes
Almost two-thirds of senior decision-makers do not have, or don’t know if they have, an integrated travel, meetings and events policy.
Research carried out by travel management and events company the APTI Group indicated that companies were realising the value of consolidating their travel, events and meeting programmes. To read the full article, please follow this link to the website of our media member Conference and Travel Publications Ltd.

The key ingredient of any meeting: presentations
One company’s concession Wish List: Take a Peek!
SponsorMyEvent unveils new tools for planners


More resources, advice and case studies can be found on the ICCA Association Portal – designed to assist Association Executives in organising quality meetings. To register for the ICCA Association Portal and learn more about the various benefits ICCA offers to associations please visit

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