BestCities Global Alliance and GainingEdge Extend Partnership


3rd Aug, 2023

Activity carried out within the framework of BestCities Global 2021 in Madrid.

BestCities Global Alliance and GainingEdge have announced a three-year renewal of their management contract. 

Recognising the expertise and value that brings to the table, BestCities Global Alliance embraces this renewed contract, affirming their shared vision of unlocking the immense potential of collaboration and community in creating lasting positive impact through conventions and business events. GainingEdge has been managing the alliance since 2009.

"GainingEdge's expertise in legacy and sustainability has empowered the Alliance to drive global impact for meetings and events. This has been vital for navigating through the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic,” said Dr Edward Koh, Chair of BestCities Global Alliance. “As we embark on another three-year journey, we eagerly anticipate the endless possibilities that lie ahead, and look forward to achieving even greater accomplishments together.”

“We are delighted that our long-standing association with BestCities will continue for another three years,” said Jon Sivertson, CEO of GainingEdge. “Over time, GainingEdge has worked in synergy with BestCities growth and we are witness to its quest for impact and innovation as the world’s most enduring convention bureau alliance in the international meetings industry. We are proud to support this journey.”

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The contract renewal arrives at an exciting juncture for BestCities, as the alliance prepares to welcome Loren Christie as their new Managing Director on July 1. For more information about BestCities and to see their latest news, please visit

BestCities Global Alliance is an international network of leading convention destinations around the globe. They are distinguished by the commitment of the members' convention offices to offering special standards of service. Members include Berlin, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Guadalajara, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver. This ‘Alliance thinking’ not only aims to bring a level of creative client solutions no individual partner city could deliver on their own, but in turn helps BestCities’ members achieve their own objectives, better than they could alone.

GainingEdge is a specialist consulting firm advising exclusively to the association, convention and exhibition market since 2004. It provides venue development advisory services, market strategy advice, in-market sales representation and strategic consulting services to associations. Its consultants and sales representatives are located in 13 countries around the world and provide global market intelligence and in-market services. Clients include private and government convention and exhibition centre developers, venue operators, convention & visitor bureaus (CVBs), and city and national tourism agencies. 

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