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Three key developments to support associations

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Brussels, Belgium.- Following the launch of the Global Association Hub Partnership (GAHP) in October 2015, the Partners –Destination DC, Dubai Association Centre, Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau™ and– are announcing three key developments to support their plans to help associations grow and expand internationally:

Appointment of Hervé Bosquet as GAHP’s Senior Advisor;

Introduction of a host of dialogue platforms with senior executives of associations; and

Launch of a dedicated website to provide associations with information on GAHP and benefits provided by the partners

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Appointment of Hervé Bosquet, GAHP Senior Advisor

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Hervé Bosquet

The partners are appointing Hervé Bosquet as Senior Advisor to drive the GAHP project. As head of the Brussels Convention Bureau until the end of 2015, Hervé has the qualifications and commitment to meet this challenge:

“I am delighted to see that the discussions we started five years ago have come to fruition. I am very proud to be given the opportunity to drive the GAHP forward,” said Hervé Bosquet.

Speaking on behalf of the partners, Melissa Riley, VP Convention Sales & Services, Destination DC said, “The long-term issues guiding Hervé and all partners are to help associations to build capacity, better support their overseas membership and grow their activities.”

Open Dialogues with Associations’ Top Management

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Stressing the collaborative nature of the GAHP, the partners also announce that roundtable discussions will be held with senior executives of representative associations –echoing the premise upon which the Partnership is based.

These discussions will be conducted throughout the rest of the year, at the following key platforms:

European Association Summit (EAS) 2016 in Brussels, 31 May-1 June

Global Engagement Summit (GES) in Washington DC, 8-9 June

American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, 13-16 August

IMEX America in Las Vegas, 18-20 October

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“A key aspect of the GAHP is to establish and drive on-going dialogues with association decision-makers. These platforms provide opportunities for associations to exchange best practices while also allowing us to understand their market demands and leverage their experiences and advice. We can then facilitate suitable channels to meet their global expansion needs,” said Jeannie Lim, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau™.

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Jeannie Lim

Dedicated GAHP website

The GAHP website (, which will also be launched today, aims to outline the GAHP’s objectives and the benefits that associations can expect from the Partnership.

“Senior association executives are short of time and want the facts, so we have designed this site to be clear, simple and to the point,” said Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director, Brussels Convention & Association Bureau.

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Elisabeth Van Ingelgem

Through these new initiatives, the GAHP hopes to better support associations in partner cities, to help them grow and expand internationally. “Successful associations are good for all Partner cities. I believe that this Partnership is a game-changer in our industry. It will foster long-term relationships with international associations looking to expand and reinforce our cities’ status as global association hubs,” concluded Steen Jakobsen, Director, Dubai Business Events.

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For more information, please contact:

Hervé Bosquet

+32 475 644 996

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For more information on the GAHP partners, please read the next page.

About Destination DC

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Destination DC serves as the lead organization to successfully manage and market Washington, DC as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination, with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historical communities.

By developing and executing centralized and cohesive sales and marketing strategies, Destination DC generates economic development for the city through tourism and meetings.

About Dubai Association Centre (DAC)

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The Dubai Association Centre was established in the beginning of 2014 under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), with the aim to provide assistance to professional associations to set up office space and develop their activities and membership in Dubai and beyond.

About the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau TM (SECB)

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The Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau TM (SECB) is a group of the Singapore Tourism Board – Singapore’s leading economic development agency in tourism. SECB aims to establish Singapore as a dynamic business and business events destination where an ecosystem of ideas, people, institutions and technology draws on vibrant knowledge and an extensive network. SECB values industry partnerships and collaborates with associations and industry stakeholders to identify key opportunities for expansion and growth.


Global Hubs-Logo VisitBrussels is the communications agency for tourism and culture in the Brussels-Capital Region. Its aim is to promote and strengthen the image of the capital of 500 million Europeans which hosts the largest number of international association headquarters in the world and is the leading destination for association events in Europe. has been consolidating  Brussels’ leading position for several years now, by establishing it as THE European hub for international associations to establish their headquarters and run their events,  and for their executives’ education and professional networking.


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