BestCities Global Alliance

BestCities Global Alliance is 12 premier convention bureaus (Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Dubai, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo, and Vancouver) coming together to offer meeting solutions beyond the reach of any individual city or bureau.

Dedicated to excellence we’re an alliance that never settles for best when it comes to business events, we continuously push for better. The quality and reach of our global community and our open knowledge exchange, allows our partners and clients to develop and offer experiences that make a more positive impact and leave a stronger and lasting legacy on the world. Founded with this community spirit we continue to believe that our world prospers when it comes together, works together and shares generously.

We harness the power of collaboration and community to create positive impact through business events. We are the BestCities Global Alliance.

Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association (HKECIA)

The HKECIA promotes Hong Kong as a world-class exhibition and conference destination and the trade fair capital of Asia Pacific. It works to represent the interests of all members involved in the exhibition and convention industries, and provides a unified voice in dealing with the government, legislative and statutory bodies, the media and public organisations, on all matters associate with the role of the exhibition and convention industry in Hong Kong’s economy. It also offers training and educational programmes, and collects, analyses and distributes information and statistics relating to the industry. HKECIA is a member of UFI and AFECA and its members consist of exhibition organisers, venue managers and operators, contractors, hotels, and travel agents.

Indonesia Exhibition Companies Association (IECA)

ASPERAPI or IECA (Indonesia Exhibition Companies Association) is the Indonesian government-recognized association representing the exhibition industry organization in Indonesia, with a total of 683 active member companies across Indonesia. Membership accommodates specialized service companies in business lines of Organizers, Freight Forwarders, Stand Contractors, Venue Owners and Suppliers. IECA is a member of UFI, AFECA and in partnership with the government institutions, corporate and professional associations as well as related organizations.

IMEX Group

IMEX America is America’s largest exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, setting the pace for doing business on an international scale. Increasing in size and scope annually, this event features the largest Hosted Buyer Program in North America and attracts thousands of buyers and exhibitors from the U.S. and around the world. The energy at IMEX America is everywhere, connecting everyone with key players, generating innovative ideas and driving business with the force of global opportunities.

Korea MICE Association

Korea MICE Association is an affiliated association of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism since 2003. KMA represents Korea MICE industry and having around 300 members which do a MICE business not only in Korea but also in overseas.

Malaysian Association Of Convention & Exhibition Organisers And Suppliers (MACEOS)

MACEOS with the objective of developing and raising the standards of the Business Events industry nationwide, is the mandated representatives of its members who hail from professional exhibition and conference organisers, venue providers, destination management and event management companies, stand contractors, AV, logistics, airlines, travel & tours and more. As the “Voice” of the industry, MACEOS will be driving efforts to represent BE players by promoting Innovation, Development, Advocacy and Education.

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB)

Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) was established in 2009 by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia. MyCEB serves as a central hub to assist meeting and event planners to bid and stage international business events in Malaysia and act as a conduit for national product development.

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

PCMA educates, inspires and listens, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists providing senior education and networking for the business events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence, enabling organizations to make informed business decisions while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit PCMA at


SGTech is the premier trade association for the tech industry in Singapore. SGTech strives to create an ecosystem that anticipates trends and develops sustainable initiatives to strengthen the community and help the industry grow, focusing on two key value propositions: Advocate for Industry and Support Singapore’s Agenda for Technology.

The Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations

The Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations (AFECA) was officially registered with the Singapore Registry of Societies on 25th January 2005.  Prior to its registration, an assembly meeting of the Founding Members was held in Singapore on 21st September 2004, and this was attended by national associations representatives from seven (7) countries: China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has evolved over time. Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers (NAEM) to represent the interests of individual trade show and exposition managers, the organization transitioned into the International Association for Exhibition Management (IAEM) in the early 1990s. Today, the association known as the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) is the leading association of member companies for the global exhibition industry. IAEE represents more than 11,000 professionals who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.d Taiwan.

Taiwan Exhibition and Convention Association (TECA)

Taiwan Exhibition and Convention Association (TECA) is a non-profit organization established in 2008. The membership has steadily grown close to 160 companies encompassing exhibition organizers, conference organizers, venue owners, hoteliers, stand contractors including freight forwarders, and PR companies, to mention but a few. TECA is tasked with delivering its members the resources for even better exhibition and convention-related initiatives, by encouraging them to develop strategic alliances and cooperative ventures, and also advises its members to actively join global associations and become industry representatives. TECA will cotinine to foster its members by serving as Taiwan’s driving force in an industry that link the world.

Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA)

Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) is a non-profit organisation established in 1984 jointly by the government (Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International) and the private sector comprising key practitioners in the business events industry.

TICA’s primary function is to aid the quality and sustainable growth of Thailand as a preferred destination for business events. Since the formation of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) in 2004 as the public organisation responsible for the industry, TICA has been collaborating closely with TCEB towards mutual objectives.

Our Members are:

  • Convention & Exhibition Centres
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Professional Convention Organisers (PCO)
  • Professional Exhibition Organisers (PEO)
  • Destination Management Companies (DMC)
  • Event Management Companies (EMC)
  • and an entire range of suppliers of business events

Be a Supporting Association Partner at SMF2019.

As the business events industry is evolving in response to new factors of business and economic growth brought about by today’s digital era, the industry has shifted from a “plug and play” model to purpose-driven ways of using data, algorithms and analytics to connect with people, companies and communities.

Customers are now demanding an effective “return on engagement” where they can derive maximum value in their participation of business events.  This means that a meaningful customer experience can only be achieved through a well-designed interplay of onsite and online modes of engagement among the players and communities that a business event aims to serve.

SMF2019 has become THE choice platform for the regional MICE industry to gain new insights from luminaries in both our core and adjacent industries; exchange views and share experiences on how these new forces at play can enhance our business. In SMF 2018, SACEOS, together with the business events community, unveiled the “Asia Pacific Community Building Manifesto”: a recommendation of seven core elements of success for the business events industry of tomorrow. We remain committed to working closely with industry partners and global MICE associations to grow our respective development plans together in the spirit of this manifesto. (Download the Manifesto here).

This year in SMF 2019, our focus will be on putting the manifesto into action. SMF 2019’s theme is “Wired for The Future”. It promises a focused discussion on how design, digital and community engagement are becoming cornerstones for tomorrow’s business success. Practitioners will share and exchange views with participants on proven change-lifting ideas and how the industry can be wired for future success.

At SMF 2019, discover key opportunities for collaboration among global MICE associations and partners in line with the Manifesto. We would be pleased to work with you as an Association Partner and look forward to crafting a suitable proposal to meet your needs.

To participate as an Association Partner, please contact us for a non-obligatory discussion.

Vivian Lee
Head, Community & Projects