Bolinger named as BestCities 2014 chair

Bolinger named as BestCities 2014 chair
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Melbourne Convention Bureau chief executive Karen Bolinger will bring her expertise to the BestCities Global Alliance following her appointment as its 2014 Board Chair.

Bolinger is also the Australia chair for the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), treasurer and board member of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB), board member of Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) and a member of the Victorian Advisory Board for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

She has been “deeply involved” with the MCB’s partnership with BestCities since she joined as chief executive in 2011 and, through her existing role on the BestCities Expansion Committee, has played a significant part in the continued growth of the alliance.

“As a BestCities founding partner, MCB has strong ties with BestCities and we value the power of the strategic relationship with our nine partners,” Bolinger said.

“As such I am delighted to take on the role of Board Chair for 2014 and look forward to continuing the excellent work of my predecessors.”

Bolinger will kick off her new responsibilities with a media breakfast at MCB-owned trade show, Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) which takes place in Melbourne next month.

The event is in line with the alliance’s plans to focus on more face-to-face meetings with clients and meetings this year, she revealed.

“AIME will provide the first opportunity for us sit down and talk to PCOs, meeting organisers and media about what’s in store for 2014.”

In addition, BestCities will work on developing additional client benefits that offer practical value to associations and will also continue expanding into new markets through its Regional Affiliate Programme.

“One of BestCities’ most important business development activities is the Client Workshop which will be held, this year, in Cape Town in December, providing an amazing opportunity for meeting planners and partners to come together and experience the best that South Africa’s most dynamic city has to offer,” Bolinger added.

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