The 53rd Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has elected South Africa’s Nina Freysen-Pretorius as its new President.
Freysen-Pretorius has been second Vice-President of ICCA since 2010 and will be the first ICCA President from Africa.
She said: “With ICCA celebrating 50 years of industry involvement I am so glad an African leader is given the opportunity to lead. Now is the time for ICCA to extend its influence into new markets and developing countries, fostering continued growth that will provide jobs, assist in the alleviation of poverty and contribute to a better life for many.
“My objective is to ensure that ICCA continues to provide benefits which enable its members to generate and maintain significant competitive advantage. These benefits may mean different things in different parts of the world and we have to be in a position to respond accordingly. Future focus should be to increase the quality and professionalism of our members by educational tools and unique networking events.
“ICCA and the conference industry are entering a critical new phase of innovation and growth and I am looking forward to building on the successes of recent ICCA leaders,” Freysen-Pretorius added.
After two terms of two years, ICCA’s outgoing President Arnaldo Nardone stepped down at this year’s ICCA Congress.
The Congress, taking place in Antalya, Turkey, 1-5 November has attracted 996 delegates from 73 countries.
A major education programme is underway, covering a mix of topics relevant to association and corporate members and clients.
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