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November 5, 2014

Dubai Will Host 2018 ICCA Congress

At the Closing Session of the 53rd ICCA Congress, held in Antalya, Turkey, new ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius announced that the ICCA Board of Directors had selected Dubai as the host destination for 2018. 

"Not only did this bid fully meet our business objectives and logistical requirements, the Board considered it to be a truly exceptional proposal," Freysen-Pretorius said.

In a statement, ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said that Dubai is "positioning itself as the Middle East hub for association development, and the potential for ICCA membership growth is very exciting, so there are very compelling business opportunities for both ICCA and our members."

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Steen Jakobsen, director of Dubai Business Events, said that the annual ICCA Congress “is the most prestigious event in our industry and provides a unique opportunity to showcase Dubai and to familiarize the ICCA members with the growing potential of the entire Middle East. We look forward to working closely with ICCA and the members of the Middle East Chapter to organize the first ICCA Congress taking place in our region.”

Before the show comes to Dubai, the 54th ICCA Congress will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 31 - November 4 2015, and the 55th ICCA Congress will be held in Kuching, Malaysia from  November 12-16, 2016. Prague will host the event in 2017; no dates have been confirmed as yet.

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