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
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.
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.