BestCities Global Alliance Unveils Details of 2024 Global Forum

BestCities Global Alliance has announced the details of its 2024 BestCities Global Forum, including its lineup of speakers. Taking place in Melbourne, Australia January 18–21, 2024, the event will convene a mix of industry business leaders, professionals and leading speakers and facilitators.

Featured speakers include Mark McCrindle and Mike van der Viyver. Social researcher, best-selling author, thought leader and TEDx speaker, McCrindle is recognized for coining the name for the emerging generation, Generation Alpha. Meeting designer, advisor and author, Van der Viyver will steer workshops with engaging debate and discussion surrounding association challenges and optimizing meeting design.

Under the theme “Meeting the Challenge: Creating Connections with Purpose,” the 2024 program will explore how in-person meetings play a vital role in cultivating meaningful connections and purpose for meeting planners, associations and delegates. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, express their viewpoints, and explore the advantages of investing in conferences for regional stakeholders.

Loren Christie, managing director of BestCities Global Alliance, said: “Attracting industry thought-leaders, international associations, and member destinations, BestCities’ flagship event aims to unite senior global meeting planners with our BestCities destinations.

“During our time together, meeting planners can expect to make profound connections and explore the sense of purpose that in-person meetings can foster within the meeting ecosystem, all while immersing themselves in the cultural capital of Australia – Melbourne, where creativity and innovation collide.”

Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Julia Swanson said, “The Alliance is an amazing network of leading cities that are at the forefront of business events and we are excited to be hosting the Global Forum here in Australia’s events capital Melbourne.

“We are also delighted to coincide the 2024 Global Forum program with a world-class event such as the Australian Open, providing outstanding opportunities for team building and cultivating stronger connections with your peers."

Confirmed speakers across the program include:

  • Nigel Collin – Global Forum facilitator
  • Belinda Moore – Director at Strategic Membership Solutions
  • Mark McCrindle – Founder and principal of McCrindle Research
  • Mike van der Vijver – Meeting designer and advisor
  • Natalie Simmons – Founder and CEO of Barefoot Citizens Consulting
  • Olena Lima – Founder and principal consultant of MemberBoat

The Global Forum Melbourne is open to international associations, association management companies, agencies, corporate meeting planners, (Core) PCOs and invited guests.

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