The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
has announced its 2024 Congress will be held in Abu Dhabi.
Delegates will meet for the 63rd ICCA Congress at the
133,000 sqm Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) between 20-23 October
Senthil Gopinath, ICCA CEO, said the ICCA board received
several ‘extraordinary bids’ to host the congress but Abu Dhabi’s meeting
facilities, coupled with its ‘enormous commitment to Congress, and a
distinctive creative approach,’ secured the winning bid for the UAE destination.
“ICCA recognises how Abu Dhabi understands the
transformative role major international events can play, and how delegates
gathered from across the globe can meet, share, and learn in a spirit of
openness and possibility,” Gopinath said.
“With a focus on sustainability and celebrating the
potential of what can be achieved when we work together – and after delivering
a quite superb proposal - the 63rd ICCA Congress staged in this very modern
metropolis promises to be a landmark event.”
Hosting the 63rd Congress will contribute to Abu Dhabi’s
Vision 2030 which sets out a strategy around sustainability, education, and
career growth; with a focus on young professionals entering the industry.
HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, director general for tourism at
the department of culture and tourism – Abu Dhabi added, “This win has been
possible due to the collective support from key stakeholders such as Abu Dhabi
National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) as well as other local and regional
“Through our commitment to forging strategic partnerships,
we have positioned Abu Dhabi as a dynamic hub where businesses prosper, and
innovation thrives. By offering a wide array of distinct venues, hotels and
year-round cultural, leisure and entertainment options, we deliver travel and
business experiences for all our MICE visitors.”
A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.