BestCities Global Alliance announces dates for 2021 Global Forum

First face to face meeting of BestCities community in two years will celebrate the value of immersive and inclusive congress experiences

Today (12 July), BestCities Global Alliance calls on international association executives to sign up for its Global Forum, Madrid, taking place from 2-5 December 2021.  

The event, which gathers industry thought leaders, international associations and partner destinations under one roof, will be the first in-person meeting since the Global Forum, Copenhagen 2019.  

Scheduled conveniently after IBTM, which takes place in Barcelona from 30 November until 2 December, the Global Forum promises an opportunity for delegates to learn about inclusive meeting and event design, drawing insight from projects delivered on the ground in Madrid.  

These learning and knowledge-sharing experiences will be immersive, providing delegates with some much-anticipated in-person engagement after 18 months of working from a laptop screen at home.  

Programme highlights will include showcase of the city’s best restaurants and event spaces and will see collaboration with leading institutions in the field of social and labor inclusion such as the Spanish Red Cross and the Illunion Hotel Company.   

Lesley Williams, Managing Director at BestCities, comments, “After such a long time apart from our industry friends, partners and peers we are thrilled to be able to announce dates for our Global Forum 2021 in Madrid.  In the city where socialising over tapas and fine wine is common place, there is no better location for our friends and association colleagues to share knowledge and experiences, take away ideas and learnings to create impactful meetings, network with each other and with the 11 BestCities partner destinations.

“Delivering positive and lasting change through the delivery of inclusive meetings has always been a focus for BestCities.  At this year’s event all 11 cities will be signing a commitment to further legacy development in their destinations and we hope to secure a pledge from all delegates to meet a recommended criteria for inclusivity and lasting impact in the organisation of their meetings”

Madrid Convention Bureau has helped to pull together the exciting programme, not to be missed. 

David Noack, director of the Madrid Convention Bureau, says, “Madrid has set itself the objective, like the rest of the cities in the alliance, to value the impact of events beyond the merely economic. Global Forum 2021 will be a perfect occasion for associations to see firsthand how, through their congresses, they can generate a positive impact on the destination in both social and environmental spheres”.

For more information or to secure your place, click here.