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BestCities' Welcomes New Partners

The international portfolio of BestCities partners continues to grow with the cities of Berlin and Houston granted preliminary membership of the global alliance, effective 10 October 2011.

Making the announcement at IMEX 2011 in Las Vegas, Jerad Bachar, Incoming Board Chair for 2012 said: “The BestCities Global Alliance consists of convention bureaux that deliver the world’s best service experience for international meeting planners. These premier meeting destinations already include Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Melbourne, San Juan, Singapore and Vancouver and we are delighted to formally welcome the cities of Berlin and Houston to the group as preliminary members.”

“Both cities are proven international meeting destinations, and ably demonstrate the attributes to meet the strict BestCities criteria for membership which includes, but is not limited to, state-of-the-art convention facilities, a minimum 10,000 hotel rooms, safe, public transportation and excellent air access, “ said Bachar.

“They also display the many professional credentials we look for in a BestCities partner such as a high level of professionalism, a commitment to quality assurance and outstanding client focus,” he said.

Once confirmed as full BestCities partners, Berlin and Houston will also commit to an annual audit by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).  This will ensure a consistent level of service excellence to BestCities Quality Manual is maintained across the alliance at all times.

“The inclusion of both Berlin and Houston will further enrich the BestCities alliance and extend the cultural diversity of the network across both the American and European continents. The cities will offer our clients two more exciting and diverse options, and through our unique data exchange process they will add even more value to our membership. We warmly welcome them both and look forward to announcing their full membership in 2012,” concluded Bachar.