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FIEXPO Latin America, ICCA´s first Association Relations Partner (ARP)

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FIEXPO Latin America, ICCA´s first Association Relations Partner (ARP) celebrated ten years as the key business space for the continent’s meetings industry at Santiago de Chile in the first of the three-year cycle as host city.

With unanimous compliments of exhibitors, hosted buyers and trade visitors for its remarkable growing undisputed success in the meeting industry, FIEXPO Latin America proved once more to be the most powerful link between premium destinations, the most outstanding international buyers and Latin America and the Caribbean tourism government officers and private companies.

Along the two-day fair, exhibitors from 16 countries - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Uruguay - showed their offer to visitors and hosted buyers (which increased 24% from last year) through meetings that increased 28% compared to 2016 edition in Lima, Peru. With more than 200 hosted buyers (53.9% association executives and 46.1% corporate meetings) and 3500 B2B meetings coordinated.

Latin American Political Forum on Meetings Tourism

Proposals were presented and debated in a forum for the exchange of ideas and projects to focus attention of tourism ministers, secretaries, directors and senior officials on the potential and economic relevance of the meetings industry. With the participation of the Latin American and Caribbean CVBs Association, Latin American and Caribbean Association of Convention Centers (ACCCLATAM), Latin American Confederation of Meeting Planners (COCAL), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE).

1st Association Executives Forum of the Americas
In collaboration with the American Association of Association Executives (ASAE) and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) more than 40 association executives learned from each other in a unique environment, meant to be a place for associations to talk about their main concerns and challenges to find suitable solutions according their capabilities. The outcome of this edition was that association leaders had shared their conclusions about the importance of the meetings Industry, not only focused on economical develop, also in the knowledge that their daily work generates for the entire American continent to all politicians and senior level governmental representatives that gathered at the 4th Latin American Political Forum on Meetings Tourism to discuss and create a common agenda related to the development of our region.    

Top international speakers
Among the speakers who gave keynote lectures and shared constructive options applicable to Latin America, were Nina Freysen-Pretorius, president of ICCA, Rajeev Kohli, president of SITE, Anne Wallin Rodven, director of InspirAR and responsible for the creation of the Norwegian Bureau of Conventions, Daniel Palomo, ICCA’s third vice-president and sales director of Houston Convention Bureau and Greta Kotler, International Relationship Director of ASAE Center.

A black-tie party marked FIEXPO Latin America’s milestone of ten years celebration with a gala dinner to honor influential contributors to the continent’s meeting industry. Awards were granted to acknowledge presentation of the stands at the fair: Guatemala won the first prize and Costa Rica was recognized as best ecological stand, while Peru, Colombia and Chile received special mentions.

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