Largest ICCA Congress ever held in North America kicks off in Houston

ICCA president James Rees at the 58th ICCA Congress in Houston.

Meetings industry professionals from across the globe have headed to Houston in Texas for the 58th ICCA Congress.

With almost 1000 senior meetings industry professionals and association meeting planners from 75 countries in attendance, the International Congress and Convention Association’s 2019 Congress is the largest ever held in the North American region.

Over the next four days, delegates will experience a programme of education, networking and business opportunities around the theme “Innovation and Technology”.

Speakers include Houston local Scott Parazynski, a former NASA astronaut and the first man to have both flown in space and summitted Mount Everest; Soulaima Gourani, who as one of Denmark’s most inspiring business women; and Scott Stratten, an expert in viral marketing.

ICCA Association Meetings Programme is heading to Calgary in 2021.

“The changing face of our industry is a constant source of debate and discussion,” said Senthil Gopinath, ICCA CEO.

“Through the unique opportunities for knowledge sharing on offer at the ICCA Congress in Houston, we aim to cement our industry’s vital role as a driver of global progress, with our members as the leading innovators.”

Daniel Palomo, director of global sales at Visit Houston, said they were proud to host the ICCA Congress.

“The Congress will be a great platform to educate our local industry and community through a series of engagement programs mainly focusing on the relevance of the meetings industry beyond the tourism impact,” he said.

ICCA also announced that Calgary, in Canada, will be the host of the sixth ICCA Association Meetings Programme (AMP) on 28-30 June 2021. This will be the first time the ICCA AMP will be held in North America.