New York, NY, USA | 7 August 2018 – At its most recent meeting in London, the Board of Directors of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) voted to host its 2020 and 2021 General Assemblies at World Trade Centers (WTCs) Taipei and Accra, respectively. In a highly competitive bidding process, both WTCs presented compelling and well-conceived bids to host the event, and as a result of their exemplary efforts, both were selected.
WTC Taipei will cap off a year-long celebration of the Association’s 50th anniversary, which will begin at the 50th General Assembly in April 2019, hosted by WTC Querétaro (Mexico). WTC Taipei is a four-in-one complex located in the city's Xinyi District. The complex consists of the Exhibition Hall, International Convention Center, International Trade Building and Grand Hyatt Taipei.
“We are honored by the Board’s decision and have already begun the planning process for our GA in 2020,” said Walter Yeh, President & CEO of WTC Taipei. “This selection grants us an unrivaled opportunity to showcase the vitality and diversity of our city, as well as tremendous business opportunities to the WTCA network and the business world, allowing us to contribute in the celebration of such a historic milestone, and illustrate how Taipei is ‘open for business’.”
WTC Accra (Ghana) will follow in 2021, emphasizing the country’s standing as an engine of growth and development in Africa. Consisting of two imposing towers, WTC Accra is home to more than 20 international companies and combines public-private businesses that range from conference facilities to a variety of retail.
“Ghana’s economy—a symbol of stability on the continent—is accelerating at an ever-increasing pace and is already looked upon as an economic powerhouse in Africa,” remarked Togbe Afede XIV, Chairman for WTC Accra, and President of the National House of Chiefs. “We look forward to an outstanding event in 2021 and demonstrating all of the incredible opportunity in Africa.”
"I want to extend my warmest congratulations to both WTCs Taipei and Accra, two remarkable members," remarked Mr. Scott Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer of WTCA. "Located in two very diverse regions, they stand out for a variety of reasons, and we at the WTCA are confident that they will surpass expectations as the hosts of our next two General Assemblies."
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About the World Trade Centers Association
The World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) is a network of more than 300 highly-connected, mutually supporting businesses and organizations in nearly 100 countries. As the owner of the “World Trade Center” and “WTC” trademarks, the WTCA licenses exclusive rights to these brands for Members to use in conjunction with their independently-owned, iconic properties, facilities and trade services offerings. Through a robust portfolio of events, programming and resources that it offers its Members, the goal of the WTCA is to help local economies thrive by encouraging and facilitating trade and investment across the globe through Member engagement. To learn more visit www.wtca.org.