ICCA partnership with UN Tourism ‘marks the beginning of something quite remarkable’

(L-R) ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath and UN Tourism Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili.

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has been recognised as the UN Tourism partner for business events across all UN Tourism platforms and initiatives following a new partnership agreement.

ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath said the collaboration with the UN Tourism has been a long-held strategy of ICCA.

“This is great news not just for our members but for the whole international associations meetings and events industry,” he said.

“We know how intrinsically linked the world of business events and tourism are, but this formal partnership gives us privileged access to each other’s communities.

“The partnership agreement also signifies a closer alignment of our industry-leading programmes. We have much to share, and much to learn. May this announcement mark the beginning of something quite remarkable.”

UN Tourism Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili says the partnership recognises the growing economic importance of business events.

“ICCA has been a valued Affiliate Member of UN Tourism since 2004, and our collaboration has yielded several joint publications and initiatives focused on advancing the meetings industry,” he said.

“With this new partnership, we look forward to shaping a more sustainable and resilient future for the business tourism sector.”