BestCities appoints new strategic business development group chairperson

Beverley Williamson, general manager of business development and bids at Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), has been appointed to the role of chairperson for the BestCities Global Alliance Strategic Business Development group (SBD).

She will take over from Karina Lance of Dubai Tourism, who has been the chair since May 2017.

Beverley Williamson

Williamson brings a wealth of experience to the table, with more than 25 years in the business tourism and events industries. In her role at MCB, she oversees the international bidding, international and national business development, government relations, convention services and corporate meetings and incentives teams as well as MCB’s international offices in London, Washington DC, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur.

Paul Vallee, managing director of BestCities Global Alliance, said: “Williamson will have a vital part to play in developing strategic plans and partnerships and strengthening the relationship and engagement between the SBD and clients and alliance cities.”

This appointment comes as the alliance prepares for its fourth annual BestCities Global Forum, taking place this December in Copenhagen, as well as running the Incredible Impacts Grant programme, in partnership with ICCA, for the third year running.

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