ICCA Congress 2022: Marta Gomes voted as Pres...
ICCA Congress 2022

Marta Gomes voted as President

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Marta Gomes, Deputy Executive Director Sales at Viparis, is the new President of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
Marta Gomes, Deputy Executive Director Sales at Viparis, is the new President of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

The members of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) voted Marta Gomes as the new ICCA President at the 61st ICCA Congress in Kraków on 6 November 2022. Marta Gomes is Deputy Executive Director Sales at Viparis and succeeds James Rees in the role.

It’s an exciting time for the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as the association pursues a future based on our pillars of sustainability; legacy; diversity, inclusion and equity. Pillars which have driven the content program of this year’s ICCA Congress in Kraków. After a few difficult years, Marta Gomes believes there are ‘blue skies ahead and events are coming back strongly’ but, we should be ever mindful of the challenges ahead. Challenges we can meet if we have the belief and confidence to talk about ‘the value of our industry’ in a clear, proud and distinctive voice.

As for her legacy as she takes up the presidential mantle, Marta gomes hopes it is reflected in the tangible and effective ways in which members engage with ICCA, particularly by using improved digital tools. She greatly appreciates ICCA heritage and its members and hopes her leadership will exceed their expectations. She also wants to welcome new talent, ‘the young leaders of tomorrow’ into our community.

Asked about her successful campaign, Marta explained, that she listened intently to members and encouraged them to ask questions about how ICCA can meet their needs in a changing world: ‘It’s time to review some of the things we do, and possibly adapt what we offer according to our members’ needs.’ 
„Marta is a big personality in the ICCA family and liked and appreciated by the ICCA Community. Her positivity, enthusiasm, and commitment to improving the way ICCA thinks and works is an exciting prospect for us all.“
Senthil Gopinath, CEO ICCA

She congratulated her fellow Presidential candidates Gregg H. Talley and Daniel Palermo for their excellent campaigns and looks forward to continuing their close working collaboration in the coming years. Mostly, Marta Gomes was elated by the whole experience: ‘It’s amazing and exciting and it was a real emotional moment for me to have everyone stand up and clap. I’m already losing my voice for saying ‘thank you’ to so many messages of congratulations.’ ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath summed up: ‘Marta is a big personality in the ICCA family and liked and appreciated by the ICCA Community. Her positivity, enthusiasm, and commitment to improving the way ICCA thinks and works is an exciting prospect for us all. I very much enjoy working with her on the Board, and now look forward to her time as President.’
The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is a global leader for the international meetings industry with more than 1,100 member companies and organisations in nearly 100 countries. As a community and knowledge hub, ICCA offers data, education, communication channels, business development and networking opportunities. Launched in 2020, the ICCA Association Community assists international associations in organising their meetings. Since its establishment in 1963, ICCA has represented destinations and experienced suppliers specialising in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events.

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