PCMA unveils next cities to convene meetings industry leaders

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Pittsburgh and San Francisco have been chosen as future hosts of the annual Convening Leaders conference – billed as ‘the definitive event for the business events industry’.

Organisers the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) have inked in Pittsburgh for 2019 and San Francisco for 2020 following next year’s event in Nashville, Texas.

Held in January,  more than 4,000 delegates attend the three-day event, which is based on educational collaboration and orchestrated networking.

Pittsburgh, PA, or ‘ The Steel City’, has transformed itself into a technology lightening rod with companies such as Google, Apple, Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, and IBM among the 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual payrolls and intellectual capital.

Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh, said: “We are so excited to host the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders Conference in Pittsburgh in 2019 that five minutes after the announcement the team started our planning. Although our historical roots are in steel, our work ethic has transitioned our region to become a hot bed for education, medicine, technology, banking, energy and tourism. “

San Francisco, in California, is famous for technology, trend-setting cuisine and postcard views, and has a developed a reputation as one of the most tolerant and progressive cities in the world.

Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of San Francisco Travel, said: “Attendees will see changes in the neighbourhood including the new Central Subway, the Mexican Museum and the Salesforce Transit Center and we’ll have new hotels, many with trendy rooftop venues.”

Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA, added: “Both Pittsburgh and San Francisco are unique welcoming destinations with tremendous knowledge capital communities that will contribute valuable ideas and intuitive talents to our program.”


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