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February 5, 2015

European National Convention Bureaux Gets Five New Members

Italy, Ireland, France, Portugal and Latvia have all joined the alliance of European National Convention Bureaux, bringing the total to 22 members. The addition of the five new members was announced at the alliance’s recent meeting in Copenhagen.

The strategic alliance, announced at IMEX America 2014, is the first of its kind and aims to encourage knowledge sharing and partnership working among the member countries.

These new countries will join the 17 other members to simplify and strengthen the approach towards key markets, such as the USA and China. The alliance is now discussing numerous projects including working together on comprehensive market research into the Chinese market.

As the number one meeting destination worldwide for association meetings, Europe’s future offering for meetings and events remains compelling according to members of the initiative polled at their recent meeting in Copenhagen. Nearly all (93 percent) believe the market will increase and over two thirds (67 percent) have seen their organization’s marketing budget increase in 2015.

In a statement, Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, and Eric Bakermans, marketing manager for Holland meetings, conventions and events, speaking on behalf of the group, said that the benefits of this alliance include knowledge-sharing and cooperating to further strengthen the position of each individual member as well as boosting Europe’s standing as the leading destination for business events in the world.

National Convention Bureaux across the continent have responded well to the creation of the strategic alliance which has now attracted 22 members. These members are from the following countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Latvia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland.

The next step for the new initiative will be a meeting of members and other interested European National Convention bureaux in Budapest in September.

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