Guadalajara joins legacy-focused alliance of convention bureaux

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BestCities Global Alliance has welcomed Guadalajara, Mexico, as the 12th  partner in its international network of convention bureaux.

The agreement pushes the alliance into Latin America, furthering its aim of promoting positive impact – or legacy - through international association meetings.

Guadalajara went through a stringent process to join the alliance, which included a detailed site inspection, tour of the city, and meeting the BestCities Commitments.

Gustavo Staufert, executive director, Guadalajara Convention and Visitors Bureau said: “The city of Guadalajara has built over the years a strong heritage in the business events industry. Our aim is the pursuit of excellence, and that is precisely the opportunity we find in the BestCities Alliance.

Guadalajara Convention and Visitors Bureau was the first in Latin America and a founder member of the Latin American Convention and Visitor Bureau Association. It was also instrumental in initiating reporting accountability and measurement tools in Mexico.

Kit Lykketoft, chair of the BestCities Global Alliance Board, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Guadalajara as the newest member of BestCities – they are an excellent complement to the destinations in our network. We look forward to showcasing this incredible city to delegates and planners around the world.”

Guadalajara is home to the biggest convention centre in Mexico, along with 61 venues, 22 arenas and stadiums, and 23,500 hotel rooms in the metropolitan area. 

James Lancaster
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James Lancaster

A journalist for more than 22 years, AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Page proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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