Global Association Hubs

The world’s leading cities for international associations – Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington DC – have teamed up to create the Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP).

This initiative taken at the end of 2015 by the official promotion organizations of the four cities –, Dubai Association Centre, Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau ™ , and Destination DC – cements the position of the four partner cities as the leading global hubs for international associations and creates synergistic relationships which provides decisive advantages for international associations.

The partnership comes as an innovative response to the increasing decentralization of international associations, as they look to develop their activities globally. GAHP is a global platform that enables international associations to:

  • Better support their membership in the different regions of the world;
  • Build capacity in each region and capitalize on the potential of each region’s growth in activities and membership;
  • Engage in a strategic dialogue on how to grow and better serve overseas members by using the respective partner cities as regional gateways.

This move is a game changer in the relationship which cities have traditionally established with their association clients!

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Our Partners is the communications agency for tourism and culture in the Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium. Its aim is to promote and strengthen the image of the capital of 500 million Europeans which hosts the largest number of international association headquarters in the world and is the leading destination for association events in Europe. For several years has been consolidating Brussels’ leading position by establishing it as the European hub for international associations to establish their headquarters and run their events, further the education of their executives and develop professional networking.


elisabeth-van-ingelgem-RondElisabeth Van Ingelgem
Director, Convention & Association Bureau
✆ +32 2 5495051

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The Dubai Association Centre was established in the beginning of 2014 under a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), with the aim to provide assistance to professional associations to set up office space and develop their activities and membership in Dubai and



Steen Jakobsen
Director, Dubai Business Events
✆ +971 4 282 1111


SingaporeExibitionAndConventionBureauLogoThe Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau ™ (SECB) is a group of the Singapore Tourism Board – Singapore’s leading economic development agency in tourism. SECB aims to establish Singapore as a dynamic business and business events destination where an ecosystem of ideas, people, institutions and technology draws on vibrant knowledge and an extensive network. SECB values industry partnerships and collaborates with associations and industry stakeholders to identify key opportunities for expansion and growth.


Edward Koh
Executive Director
✆ +65 6831 3379


Destination DCWDC_stacked-COLOR_balueBG (002).300px serves as the lead organization to successfully manage and market Washington, DC as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination, with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historical communities. By developing and executing centralized and cohesive sales and marketing strategies, Destination DC generates economic development for the city through tourism and meetings.


Melissa-Riley-RondMelissa Riley
VP, Convention Sales & Services
✆ +1 202 789 7041

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