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New Membership Structure Unveiled By AACVB

The Asian Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus (AACVB) today announced a new membership structure to better engage meetings industry organisations across the Asian region. The new structure will stimulate greater collaboration in the meetings industry across Asian cities, raise the professionalism of meetings practitioners and boost the growth of meetings events in the region.

The AACVB was formed in 1983 to foster regional co-operation between Convention and Visitor Bureaus (CVBs) in the Asian region. The Association aims to promote the region as a convention destination where member countries will have the ability to network, share business leads, best practices, market intelligence and raise industry standards to elevate the region’s appeal as a destination.

The founding CVB members include Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand. They were later joined by China and Macau to create the nine founding member countries of AACVB.

The new membership structure will extend membership opportunities to provincial and city-level CVBs to leverage on the combined expertise and network that AACVB offers to further bolster the meetings industry in the Asian region.

This new structure tiers membership into three groups – Full CVB Member, Associate CVB Member and Associate Industry Member. With this new structure, membership into AACVB will now be available to MICE Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs), venue operators, Destination Marketing Companies (DMCs), Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs) and associations that want to be more involved in regional co-operation and develop more business leads.

“After 28 years of collaborating and building relationships with fellow CVBs at the country level, the time has come for us to open our doors to other professional organisations in the MICE industry in Asia. With the Asian economies growing at a steady pace despite the debt crisis that has plagued Europe and the U.S., this is a great opportunity for Asia to rise to the challenge and tap on the opportunities presented in the business travel segment. This is a timely development for us to grow our capability and strength to attract more MICE events to Asia’s beautiful shores and cities,” said Akapol Sorasuchart, President, AACVB.