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 Tokyo 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 2017 BestCites Global Forum  include: 

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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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Prof. Hiroo Ichikawa

Professor and Dean, Meiji University / Executive Director, The Mori Memorial Foundation

Hiroo Ichikawa is an expert in urban policy, urban/ regional planning, crisis management and has authored numerous books on issues related to Tokyo and metropolitan regions. Prof. Ichikawa will be discussing the strengths and opportunities of Tokyo in the next five to ten years and how Tokyo will be changing towards the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games and onwards.

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Miriam van der Horst, MBA

Learning and Development Consultant, Learning 360

Miriam is an internationally experienced facilitator with a focus on talent development in the areas of global leadership and cultural intelligence. During the past 20 years, she has lived and worked in seven countries across Asia Pacific and Europe. Currently based in Shanghai, Miriam helps talented professionals to develop effective leadership skills in a global context. Miriam will engage us in how to build productive professional relationships across cultures.

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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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The forum is a unique blend of workshop, seminar and networking, where cities come together to share their very individual form of hospitality. One of the best events I’ve attended in 2016!

Katherine Eden-Haig
Commonwealth Lawyers Association

I came with an open mind and was rewarded with 4 days of networking with talented colleagues sharing interests and expertise. It has helped change the way I think about our future conferences- the need to move into the future more quickly, which is more critical today than it was in the past.

Andry Vleeming
World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain