Bilbao Exhibition Centre announces full membership of ICCA

Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC) has become a full member of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

The first event in which BEC will take part as a member of ICCA will be the General Assembly of the Iberian Chapter (Spain and Portugal), which will have more than 62 participants. The event will be held in Oporto in April.

The incorporation of the BEC to the ICCA will provide business development opportunities with more than 1,100 companies and entities from almost 100 countries from around the world.

BEC will strengthen its brand among national and international colleagues, and it will benefit from the Association’s database, by having access to information on the interest of different collectives around the world (medical, scientific, commercial, professional bodies.) to organise an event or congress.

Networking assists its members to meet new potential clients and to exchange information on events that are likely to change headquarters.

According to ICCA, almost all specialities have an association that holds one or more meetings at regular intervals and that associations rarely return to the same destination within a short period of time. It is estimated that there are around 24,000 association meetings organised on a regular basis. The ICCA database has around 80 per cent of them.

The Kursaal in Donostia and the Baluarte congress centre in Pamplona are two of the ICCA members that are closest to the BEC, in addition to the Bilbao and Donostia Convention Bureaus. Congress centres from other Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Gijón and Valencia are also members.


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