BestCities Global Forum Tokyo - December 2017

Does your association organise international events with an interest in enhancing your impact? If so, let us host you at the BestCities Global Forum in an intimate yet stimulating learning environment.

Building on the huge success and 100% satisfaction rates of the inaugural  Global Forum in Dubai, BestCities is delighted to announce Toyko as the host partner for this year’s event from 4-7 December 2017.

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 in one stunning location.

VenueHotel Chinzanso Tokyo

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
10-8, Sekiguchi 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku
112-8680 Tokyo, Japan

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, a luxury garden oasis in the heart of Tokyo. Their gardens were formally established in 1861, in what is called the Meiji era, but it is said this area was already appreciated with beautiful camellia hills with a long history dating back some 700 years. Guests will be surrounded by the  vast Japanese garden.

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.


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

For further information on the next BestCities Global Forum 2017 please email    @BestCitiesGA

Highlights BestCities Global Forum 2016 in Dubai:

Hosted in partnership with Dubai Business Events and PCMA, the inaugural Global Forum focused on advancing the purpose of meetings beyond delegate numbers to long-term legacy development. Through facilitation and key thought-provoking speakers and close collaboration with peers from around the world, we explored how global associations can create genuine partnerships with destinations, improving the event’s benefit to the host community and strengthen the success of the organisation moving forward.


Featured speakers at the 2016 BestCites Global Forum  included: 

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Hazel Jackson

Global Forum Facilitator & CEO of biz-group

Hazel has built an impressive reputation and successful multi-million dollar business – biz-group FZ LLC – during the past 20 years based in Dubai. Nearly two decades ago, and with just US$700 in her pocket, Hazel founded biz-group, which she has developed from a small training company into an organisation of 52 professionals servicing the Middle East’s corporate training, team building and business coaching needs.

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Dr Tommy Weir

Professor of Hult International Business School

A thinker, speaker and writer to the core, he holds a doctorate in strategic leadership from Regen University and is a professor at Hult International Business School. Dr Weir will engage delegates in a ‘fireside’ chat around how we create belonging as leaders and build tribal leadership.

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Oliver Martin

Partner at Twenty31 Consulting Inc.

A stakeholder engagement strategist, specialising in destination development, Oliver is an expert in the design and execution of research to identify innovations in marketing, sustainability and reputation strategy. At Twenty31 he works closely with senior leadership teams in regional and national tourism boards across the globe to measure competitive performance and brand resonance and navigate the sustainability agenda.

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Philip Davies

President of EMEA Siegel + Gale

Philip leads the global strategic brand consultancy EMEA Siegel + Gale in EMEA.  Based in London, he’s behind the people, the work and the firm’s belief that complex brand challenges can be solved through simple, unexpected fresh strategies, stories and experiences. Philip will connect with how associates create a compelling purpose behind their events and how this can be linked to creating legacy.  Philip will introduce his ideas in a high impact keynote and then make them tangible and applicable in a workshop on Tuesday.

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Sherrif Karamat

Chief Operations Officer, PCMA

Sherrif joined PCMA in 2003, and appointed COO in April 2008. PCMA inspires, connects and innovates the global business events community and provides senior education and networking for Business Events Strategists in the events sector.  In his role at PCMA, Sherrif oversees all of PCMA’s manor revenue streams and also oversees the organisation’s global business development and is an integral part of PCMA’s strategic planning; financial reporting; technology and business innovation; and education strategy.

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Bringing together such a diverse group and creating a ‘work group’ sharing many different exchanges is an achievement made possible by the structure of the programme and the attentiveness of the conveners.

This created a broader frame of understanding and will contribute in the planning of future conference events. The BestCities Global Forum offered a space for exploration and building links to an extensive network of support and knowledge. I appreciated the comprehensive and personal focus of the event.

Assie Gildenhuys
International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process (IAGP)