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!


Venue & Accommodation

Bogotá’s newest convention centre Ágora Bogotá has been confirmed as one of the venues, the remaining venues and the official hotel will be confirmed very soon.

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

Day: Cultural Programme

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

Director of Social Responsibility - Social Alliance of Uniandinos & national representative of the International Association of Volunteer Effort (IAVE)

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.

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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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