Ahead of the ICCA Congress in Houston, which will run October 27 - 30, the ICCA has announced the January 2020 launch of its “ICCA Association Community.” Offering education, connections, tools and resources to assist and support international associations in organizing more effective meetings, the new platform will officially welcome association executives into ICCA’s global association meeting community as affiliates, the organization said.
The ICCA has over 1,100 international meeting supplier members from almost 100 countries. The launch of the ICCA Association Community will officially integrate associations within ICCA’s global community, the organization said, providing opportunities for a closer, long-term collaboration.
“[The] ICCA has developed a series of initiatives in recent years to develop closer engagement with associations," said ICCA President James Rees. "These have included the launch of our Association Portal, the creation of ICCA Verified Associations and increased participation of association executives in our meetings and workshops, the latter with the support of our Association Relations Partners. ICCA’s next step is now filling the missing link and embracing associations in our community as true partners.”
ICCA’s target group will be association executives with decision-making or a decision-influencing role on where their international meeting is held and criteria for joining will be the same as ICCA’s criteria for inclusion in the ICCA database: They must be non-governmental organizations not managed by third parties with at least one internationally rotating meeting, which attracts a minimum of 50 participants per meeting, and is held on a regular basis.