Chinese Taipei's Kaohsiung Wins Bid to Host 2020 ICCA Congress

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The ICCA board of directors named Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, on the island of Taiwan, as the host destination for the organization's 2020 Congress. The announcement was made at the general assembly at the 56th ICCA Congress in Prague on its opening day. 

Eight ICCA destinations submitted first-round bids, from which three were shortlisted. Other than the winning bid, the shortlist included Yokohama, Japan, and Cartagena, Colombia. The winner was announced by ICCA president Nina Freysen-Pretorius. 

According to Freysen-Pretorius, "All three presentations were creative, passionate, but also strongly business-focused, each with their own personality, and in any other year, any one of the three could easily have been a worthy winner." This year, there was a record number of first-round bids.

"Kaohsiung told a compelling story of a city that is reinventing itself through the power of meetings, their team designed creative concepts that will help ICCA engage more effectively with Asia Pacific-based associations, and they demonstrated great team cohesion and offered tremendous value for money," said Freysen-Pretorius, while also noting the strength of the other two finalists' bids. 

Just under 1,300 member delegates representing 81 countries are in attendance at the ICCA Congress in Prague this year, a record for the association and a 25 percent increase over its former record.

Dubai will host the event in 2018, followed by Houston in 2019.