BestCities Global Alliance, what can it do for your event?

Published: 20 January 2017

With an international network of resources, BestCities Global Alliance consists of convention bureaus in 12 international destinations.  How can ambassadors take advantage of Convention Edinburgh’s membership of this network which includes Berlin, Bogota, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, Vancouver. 

A one stop shop

Of course we want you to have your meeting in Edinburgh, but where next? BestCities bureaus have unparalleled destination knowledge and we can put you in touch with the relevant contact to assist you or your association colleagues should you wish to consider one of the other 11 destinations for a future event.

Support for ambassadors

Ambassadors also have access to the Best Events Centre, an information exchange tool kit that collaborates exclusive content and insider tips to help  make sure your next event is the best event.

Access to data and contacts

To save ambassadors valuable time, our BestCities partners engage in a unique data exchange process. Staff from across the five continents share information to ensure that conference planning and bid proposals never start from scratch. We can also use the network to publicise your conference internationally and help build attendance at your Edinburgh meeting. 

What’s happening in some of our partner destinations?


The WPA WORLD CONGRESS OF PSYCHIATRY, which takes place every three years, is one of the most important scientifc congresses in the field of psychiatry and psychotherapy. In 2017 this event will be held on 8-12 October in Berlin.

Ambassadors you can enrich the congress programme with your scientific contribution and share your insights with other professionals. Whether in a fascinating symposium, informative workshop or interesting poster presentation, scientists and practitioners have many and varied opportunities to actively participate. Find out more.


As a founding member of the BestCities Global Alliance, Convention Edinburgh has also recently attended the Global Forum which took place in Dubai from 4-8 December 2016.  

In partnership with Dubai Business Events and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the forum covered key topics such as advancing the purpose of international associations through long-term legacy development, improving the event’s benefits to the host community and creating strategic partnerships with destinations.  

The forum welcomed over 35 international associations executives, including representatives from International Political Science Association, World Autism Organisation, International Menopause Society, World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation and International Academy of Periodontology.  

Ambassadors who are a member of an association and have an influence on the choice of future meeting destinations can attend the forthcoming Global Forum in Japan from 4-8 December 2017. If you are interested please contact Lesley Williams for further details. 

To find out more about BestCities, please visit their website here.




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