BestCities Global Forum Bogotá - December 2018

Interested in enhancing the impact of your international events? Join world-leading meeting planners at the BestCities Global Forum in an intimate yet stimulating learning environment.

BestCities Global Forum 2018 LogoBuilding on the huge success and 100% satisfaction rates of the Global Forum in Dubai & Tokyo, BestCities is delighted to announce Bogotá as the host partner for this year’s event from 9-12 December 2018.

Open to senior international association executives (or AMC on behalf of the associations), the Global Forum is the ideal opportunity for decision-makers considering hosting an event in a BestCities’ destination, to meet all the partner cities and meeting planners in one stunning location.


Introduction to Bogotá

Welcome to Bogotá, the only Latin-American city member of the BestCities Global Alliance.

The capital of Colombia is known for being different, alive and cosmopolitan. Nestled in the heart of the Andes, Bogotá is a vibrant city that has been absorbing cultures and traditions from across the country for centuries with a diverse blend of colors and customs.  Our city is a public gallery of art, street music and exquisite cuisine from every corner of Colombia, making it the main economic, cultural, gastronomic epicenter and business hub of the country, and one of the main city in Latin America.

Bogotá feels the passion of the meetings industry; our history has shown us that fostering transformation is possible through the events industry and we strongly believe in the POWER OF PEOPLE.

We want to welcome you to a city 2600 meters closer to the stars.  Welcome to Bogotá!



Bogotá’s newest convention centre Ágora Bogotá has been confirmed as one of the venues


The Grand Hyatt Bogotá will be the headquarter hotel for the BestCities Global Forum 2018

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Grand Hyatt Bogotá
Calle 24a, Cra. 57,

Who should attend?

Senior executives of associations that hold global events.


Participation is limited to 40 qualified international association executives.  There is no cost to attend.  We cover round-trip economy flights, accommodation and meals. For more information visit our FAQs.


To apply please click on the button below to complete the application form.

For further information on the next BestCities Global Forum 2018 please email    @BestCitiesGA

Highlights BestCities Global Forum 2017 in Tokyo:

Delegates and organisers of the BestCities Global Forum were united in their praise for the four-day conference, which took place in Tokyo in December. One hundred percent of delegates surveyed agreed that they would recommend attending the BestCities’ 2018 event to other international association delegates, while a staggering 95% reported the Forum met or exceeded their expectations.


View the 2017 BestCities Global Forum page here.

8 Dec


9 Dec

09:00: Optional Tour: Weaving Peace

After the enormous effort made for the Peace Agreement that gave an end to a more than 50 year old conflict and its eight million victims Colombia is in a crucial moment which will define the path for the next decades. To understand the present, heal the wounds from the past, and build a solid peace fabric for the future, it is necessary to look ourselves from a different angle and understand the tremendous complexity of our history and the contradictions that had been part of us.

Weaving Peace tour will make you understand key moments of Colombia's history to focus especially on its rebirth and future considering geography, the city, and through the voice and example of true peace weavers who are already working on new paths of hope and memory for the country.

Starts at 9:00 am
Ends at 2:30 pm (includes lunch)

You can register for this tour upon registration.

Evening: Welcome Reception

10 Dec

Day: Education Programme

Evening: Dinner

11 Dec

Day: Education Programme

Evening: Ambassador Dinner

12 Dec

Day: Education Programme

Evening: Farewell Dinner

13 Dec



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Sean Blair

Global Forum Facilitator & Owner, ProMeet

Sean is a facilitator with over twenty five years’ experience of leading and supporting organisations to innovate, learn and change.

He is a co-founder of the Service Design Network. He was an honorary Fellow in Enterprise at Durham University. He served as a Trustee of the Royal Society of Arts, a council member of the Design Council and a commissioner on the Mayor for London’s Creative Industry Commission.

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Rick Antonson


Self-proclaimed “accidental executive” Rick Antonson habitually opts for the path less wandered - or sometimes where there’s not path at all. As former President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, Rick also made time to travel the world and author five books, yet has had his hand in some of Canada’s most renowned accomplishments including the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games for which Rick served as an Ambassador.

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Lina Tangarife

General Manager - Acai Consulting

Lina is an expert in strategic management of Civil Society
Organizations, strengthening volunteering from companies, the
government and NGOs and establishing high-level alliances for
sustainable development of the sector in Latin America. She is
a volunteer at heart and of action and has donated more than
10,000 volunteer hours to different causes throughout her life.

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Neyder Culchac

Young Leader

Aged 19, Neyder is a young leader, from a region called Putumayo in the south-west of Colombia. He grew up in a region that was for many years the epicentre of conflict, but this didn’t impact his ambitions. He created an initiative to transform the lives of 480 families of his community by replacing illegal crops by pepper and cacao through a rural entrepreneur project. He attended the One Young World Summit in Bogotá 2017 and during the 2018 Forum, Neyder will share the story of his life andan event transformed his reality.

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Partner logo HelloCrowdHelloCrowd

Having a mobile event app at your event will make a big impact. Leave your attendees wanting more by engaging and building relationships with their fellow attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers.

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Partner logo Bogotá Chamber of CommerceBogotá Chamber of Commerce

Bogota Chamber of Commerce are a private, non-for-profit organization whose goal is to foster a sustainable Bogotá-Region in the long term, by promoting its residents' prosperity, through services which enhance and strengthen the enterprise capabilities present in the region, and which improve the business environment with an impact over public policies.

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Partner logo Bogotá Majors OfficeBogotá Majors Office

Government of Bogotá. A strategic ally of the Convention Bureau that support the events industry through the following institutions:
" Bogotá Tourism Institute (Instituto Distrital de Turismo)
" Economic Development Secretariat

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Partner logo ProcolombiaProcolombia

PROCOLOMBIA is the entity that promotes international tourism, foreign investment and non-traditional exports in Colombia. Through its national and international network of offices, it offers support and integral consultancy to clients through services or instruments aimed at facilitating design and execution of its globalization strategy, which seeks to generate, develop and close business opportunities.

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Partner logo Great Bogotá Convention BureauGreat Bogotá Convention Bureau

The Bureau of Conventions of Bogotá and Cundinamarca, is the entity in charge of leading the international positioning strategy of the city as host of high impact events. Supported by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá, Corferias and a network of 130 companies, the Bureau works to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Bogotá by looking for events that are aligned with the interests of productive development of the city, the public policy, and above all, to contribute significantly to the global visibility of Bogotá.

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Ministry Of Commerce, Industry And Tourism

The national executive ministry of the Government of Colombia concerned with promoting economic growth though trade, tourism and industrial growth.

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Support and fund the development of tourism in Colombia

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Partner logo Ágora BogotáÁgora Bogotá

The new convention center of the city opened on October 2017 and has a capacity of up to 4.000 ppl in plenary session. Ágora will be one if the venues of the Global Forum.

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Rental Latin America, is a company specialized in audiovisual solutions for congresses, fairs and events, with offices in Chile, Peru, Brazil and Colombia.

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Partner logo Grand Hyatt BogotáGrand Hyatt Bogotá

Inaugurated last August 2018, Grand Hyatt is the first of the Hyatt company in the Colombian capital and the first hotel of the Grand Hyatt brand in the country. The Grand Hyatt is the official hotel of the BestCities Global Forum.

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National Museum of Colombia

The National Museum of Colombia has built a collection of more than 20,000 objects that are symbols of national history and heritage. The collections include remains of the first inhabitants and material culture of prehispanic societies, objects from current indigenous and afrocolombian ethnography, evidence of different periods of the nation's history, and works of art that range from the colonial period through the works of 'the first modern' artists: Fernando Botero, Alejandro Obregón, Guillermo Wiedemann, Juan Antonio Roda, Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, Edgar Negret and Enrique Grau

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BestCities Global Forum was an exceptional event. The combination of knowledge sharing, networking and opportunities to learn more about the BestCities partners made it a very worthwhile and inspirational trip.

Arpita Bhose
Association Manager
World Small Animal Veterinary Association

A BestCities Global Forum provides excellent networking opportunities, city insights, advice and inspiring talks that resonate across all associations - no matter what sector you come from. A thought provoking and action orientated event that rewards the investment of time to reflect and connect.

Tracy Bury
Director Professional Policy
World Confederation for Physical Therapy