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April 5, 2016

Portugal: Next ICCA's Iberian Chapter Annual Meeting Will Be in Madeira

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The island of Madeira, in Portugal, will receive the ICCA's Iberian Chapter Congress in 2017. The destination was decided last week during the Annual Meeting that this year took place from 30th March to 1st of April, in Marbella, Spain. The Iberian Chapter meets annually on a rotational basis, in Portugal and Spain.

colegio church“It will be an opportunity to showcase Madeira as a destination for meetings and events”, said Ricardo Vieira, from Madeira Promotion Bureau. “Madeira hosted this congress in 2005 and it was time to do it again”, he highlighted. Madeira is mostly a leisure destination, but it wants to grow in terms of meetings, explained Ricardo Vieira

The Marbella meeting was a turning point in terms of programme. With the help of Mike Van der Vijver and his MindMeeting, this year's programme applied the principles of meeting design. The event had no speakers, but a lot of practical exercises (like the simulation of bidding process with two clients), discussions (half-open space on a number of participant-led issues in the gardens of Hotel Melia Don Pepe) and networking opportunities (Supply and Demand Market of Best Practices). The feedback from the participants was quite good. Ricardo Vieira, which is also a member of ICCA's Iberian Chapter Board, says that Madeira will probably continue with this kind of approach.

Part of the programme there was also a client/supplier workshop and the General Assembly.

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