Washington, DC has become the latest city to join BestCities
Global Alliance, an international network of convention bureaux aimed at
promoting ‘positive impact’ through business events.
The agreement extends
the alliance’s footprint in North America. Vancouver was one of the five founding
members of the alliance in 2000, while Houston joined in 2011.
BestCities has traditionally
set its focus on the international association meeting sector, with each member
inviting association executives to the alliance’s annual forum.
Last year’s forum
in Vancouver widened the net to include corporate events.
The US capital completed a
stringent vetting process to join the alliance, including a detailed site
inspection and tour of the city.
excited to welcome Washington, DC to the BestCities Global Alliance. Their
presence strengthens the list of quality destinations within our network,"
said Dr. Edward Koh, chair of BestCities Global Alliance Board. "This
partnership reinforces BestCities standing as a global alliance, enriching the
options available to our association clients seeking world-class host
DC's partnership with BestCities Global Alliance marks a pivotal moment in our
city's ability to attract global meetings and events,” said Elliott L.
Ferguson, II, president and CEO of Destination DC. “By joining forces with the
BestCities network, we're embracing opportunities to share insights, drive
positive change, and collectively shape the future of impactful events. The
partnership reinforces Washington, DC’s status as a thriving hub of culture,
diversity, and innovation, dedicated to creating lasting legacies that
transcend borders and inspire communities."
The founding members
of BestCities were Boston, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, and Melbourne. Boston and Edinburgh have since left the network, while Berlin,
Cape Town, Dubai, Dublin, Guadalajara, Madrid, Singapore and Tokyo have become
- 2.3million square-feet
- Walter E. Washington Convention Center