Washington DC seeks 'positive impact' with alliance membership

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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.


"We are 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 destinations.”


"Washington, 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 members.






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