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ICCA Launches New Resource for International Association Meeting Planners
Following an extensive consultation and development process, in the second half of April 2013 ICCA has launched an Association Portal, specifically designed for association executives to assist them in organising quality meetings.

Qualifying association executives can register on http://associations.iccaworld.com to access a password-protected section in the ICCA website, which draws together ICCA's unique data and specialised resources to association executives who are responsible for organising international meetings. The ICCA Association Portal is a safe and trusted environment for association executives, where they are not approached with commercial intentions.

The Portal enables association meeting planners to access their own meeting profile in the ICCA database, and to share insights with other association colleagues. They can easily search for the leading specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events (ICCA members) and access meetings resource publications on topics such as bidding and decision-making processes for associations, contracting with major congress & convention venues, negotiating with hotels, working with convention bureaux, and social media for events. Other resources available are the ICCA Statistics Reports, case studies and hosted buyer event information. Associations can also request advice on how to improve their bid manual.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk: "The ICCA Board and my management team are all delighted to be able to launch this new service for associations in this celebratory, 50th anniversary year of ICCA's existence. It marks an important new phase in our efforts to connect ICCA members and associations as part of a single, organic, business community, and to provide association executives with easy pathways to their peers, something that has previously been missing but much needed."

The new product, although aimed at associations, will benefit ICCA members by enhancing and strengthening ICCA's relationship with the international association community.

Initial reactions to the Association Portal have been very positive and the ICCA Board will be presenting this new product in more depth to members at the upcoming mid-year Sector meetings in May 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany.