ICCA Congress 2018
 
Make the most of your first ICCA Congress!

Here at ICCA we place huge importance on giving First Time Attendees (FTAs) at the ICCA Congress a very warm welcome. The FTA programme has over the years been delivered to over 3000 delegates, specifically designed to help them network, do business, learn, and overall maximise the benefits of attending their first ICCA Congress.

The programme will provide you with a preview of the main social and educational highlights of the Congress, as well as who and what to look out for. It will also offer you the opportunity to participate in small-group discussions led by industry mentors, who will share their experiences with you as well as advise which sessions they think you may find useful for your professional and/or personal development. They will be available to answer your questions and give advice throughout the Congress.

This is a unique opportunity and not to be missed! So, if the 2018 ICCA Congress is your first and you would like to ensure you are prepared to make the most of it, sign up for the First Time Attendee Programme and plan to arrive on time to participate on Sunday 11 November at 9.00am. We look forward to meeting you in Dubai!

Click on the below links to find out what past first timers think of the ICCA Congress: 
My very first time
An ICCA virgin in Shanghai

Top 10 Tips for ICCA Congress First Time Attendees (FTA)

1. Register for the Business Exchange! Rather like speed-dating with business leads, the idea is to trade information on potential international association meetings for mutual benefit - an easy way to find new business leads for your venue or destination. The deadline to submit your lead is Friday 12 October.

2. Be sure to arrive in Dubai on time to participate. The First Time Attendees programme starts on Sunday 11 November at 9AM and lasts all morning.

3. Download the ROI Handbook and Workbook to plan how you can maximise your Congress return-on-investment.

4. Check the education programme regularly and start making sessions of interest in your ROI Handbook.

5. Find out which Chapter and Sector meetings you should attend. You can find the timings and locations here.

6. Download the ICCA Meeting's App once its available and explore its features. Here's some advice from a fellow ICCA delegate about how you use the app to your advantage.

7. Read the official papers for the General Assembly, which are available in the 'General Assembly documents' section of the My ICCA Portal. Ask the official ICCA contact person in your organisation if you don't have your own login details yet.

8. Connect with other FTAs on social media using the hashtag #ICCAFTA. Here's how to get involved with the online conversation during the Congress itself. 

9. Connect with this year's FTA mentors beforehand. And check out their personal Congress tips on social media before you travel!

10. Schedule a braindate with a fellow delegate! Braindates are about sharing knowledge. They are one-on-one or group conversations that you can book whilst you're at the Congress using the Braindates platform, an online topic market where all participants can post the knowledge they are willing to share. 

 


FIRST TIME ATTENDEE MENTORS
Karin Hornay

Academic Conferences
Sweden

Marek Phillips

Conference and Travel Publications Ltd
United Kingdom

Christian Mutschlechner

Vienna Convention Bureau
Austria

Martin Balmer

Conference and Travel Publications Ltd
United Kingdom

Nicola President

Conference and Travel Publications Ltd
United Kingdom

Kitty Wong

K&A International Co., Ltd
Chinese Taipei

Alex Donaldson

IMEX Group
United Kingdom

Julie Dodds

Visit Anchorage
U.S.A.

Janet Rossiter

Watterston Associates Ltd
United Kingdom

Frode Aasheim

Norway Convention Bureau / Visit Norway
Norway

Anitha Krishnan

Evenesis
Malaysia

Alice Au

Business Events Toronto – Tourism Toronto
Canada

Bettina Reventlow-Mourier

Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau
Denmark

Ivo Franschitz

ENITED Business Events
Austria

Rosa B. Reyero Miguelez

ENITED Business Events
Austria

Anja Stas

Flanders Meeting and Convention Center Antwerp
Belgium

Elisabeth Kassanits-Pfoess

Salzburg Convention Bureau
Austria

Kirsten Rudbeck

VisitAarhus
Denmark

Carola van der Hoeff

International Pharmaceutical Federation
The Netherlands

Nonnie Kubeka

Gauteng Convention Bureau T/a Gauteng Tourism Authority
South Africa

Iain Bitran

International Society for Professional Innovation Management -ISPIM-
United Kingdom

Tadeja Pivc - Coudyser

The Hague Convention Bureau
The Netherlands

Ivo Lammers

Parthen meeting services
The Netherlands

Anne Berrevoets

European Association for International Education
The Netherlands

Ross Barker

The Meetings Show
United Kingdom

Jamie Ades

VisitBritain/VisitEngland
United Kingdom

Elisabeth Bugge

Norway Convention Bureau / Visit Norway
Norway

Eric Chou

Niagara Falls Business Events
Canada

Natasha Richards

IMEX Group

Mònica Garcia

Barcelona Convention Bureau
Spain

Monique Andre de la Porte

Utrecht Marketing
The Netherlands

Grant Snider

Meeting Escrow Inc.
Canada

Premala Danapakim

Borneo Convention Centre Kuching
Malaysia

Alexandra Torégão

Lisbon Congress Centre
Portugal

Marta Wisniewska

Lublin & Region Convention Bureau
Poland

Vicky Marmolejo

Kenes Group
Columbia

Katrin Schmitt

Conference & Incentive Management Magazine
Germany

Hildur Baeringsdottir

Meet in Reykjavick/Reykjavick Convention Bureau
Iceland

Nalan Emre

IMEX Group
United Kingdom

Danielle Bounds

International Convention Centre Wales
United Kingdom

John Martinez

Shocklogic
United Kingdom

Milo Vergucht

VisitFlanders Convention Bureau
Belgium

Gregor Gritzky

Salzburg Exhibition & Congress Center
Austria

Ulrike von Arnold

Vienna Convention Bureau
Austria

Philip Cross

CCIB Barcelona Intl. Convention Centre
Spain

May Sollinger-Soucek

Vienna Convention Bureau
Austria

Francesca Manzani

AIM Group International
Italy