The ‘Oysters’, a collective of 26 international tourist boards and convention bureaux with offices in London, have formed an unincorporated association and are seeking to set up a secretariat to assist with future growth and management.
Lene Corgan from Tourism Australia was elected as the first official chair of the association at the inaugural meeting and said: “The Oysters started as a handful of tourist boards with focus on business events working together on a few ad hoc events. We now total 26 and recognise we need a slightly more formal structure to continue our synergy and growth. We have increased our fees, had total buy in from our existing supporters and have become an unincorporated association. We are now in the process of starting to recruit and appoint a secretariat to help manage and grow our activities further.”
Lindsey Thorpe of Las Vegas Convention & Visitor Bureau at Hills Balfour added: “The more formal structure will allow the volunteer board to explore additional opportunities for the members. This will develop events that will best communicate the offer of the diverse range of product within member countries to the UK business events market.”
Parties interested in tendering for the secretariat should contact Lene Corgan by 24 February by emailing email@example.com
The Oysters are made up of representatives of the following destinations: Abu Dhabi, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, Flanders-Brussels, France, Germany, Greater Miami, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Las Vegas, Malta, New York, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Wallonie-Bruxelles.