Quito, first city in South America to join the Hybrid City Alliance

  • The Hybrid City Alliance is founded on the principles of inclusiveness, collaboration and competence as the member cities encourage, promote and facilitate the delivery of hybrid and multi-city events.
  • Quito is the first destination in South America to join the Hybrid City Alliance.
  • This collaboration provides a creative new offering of multi-hub hybrid meetings and conferences for event buyers.

Quito (Ecuador), May 25th, 2021. Quito Tourism Board is proud to announce it has recently joined the Hybrid City Alliance, founded in December 2020 by The Hague Convention Bureau, Ottawa Tourism Business Events, Prague Convention Bureau and Geneva Convention Bureau, in a collaboration that sees like-minded destinations come together to provide a creative new offering for conference and event buyers. The alliance includes 14 cities at the moment and Quito is the first one in South America.

“We’re happy to join world-class destinations, members of the Hybrid City Alliance, to work as a team for the recovery of the meetings industry, share our passion and resources and actively collaborate to attract more business and events in our city and the region. We look forward to a strong and successful partnership that will benefit all destinations and the industry worldwide.”, said Carla Cardenas, General Director, Quito Tourism Board.

The meetings industry in Quito has grown considerably in the past years, positioning the city as top 11 preferred city in South America for hosting international events, according to ICCA’s ranking for 2019 (The International Congress and Convention Association). Quito Tourism Board’s objective for the coming years is to continue to attract big international events and position the city at top levels in the ranking, while creating a strategic plan for 2021 in conjunction with all the players and sectors involved.

The Hybrid City Alliance provides international event organizers with a streamlined event planning and delivery service.  Rather than working directly with multiple destinations, clients can make use of the Hybrid City Alliance’s close links, with a central point of contact at their preferred Alliance member, who will coordinate responses, RFPs and delivery.

The members of the Hybrid City Alliance, though very different in their own right, have similarities that make them ideal partners.  Conferences and meetings spread across the hubs will therefore be aligned in terms of destination size, offering, specialty, welcome and feel.

The multi-hub concept has several benefits, specifically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Delegates can for example choose to attend either online or at a local or regional event, reflecting local travel restrictions.  A local hub also has the benefit of reducing travel time – which in turn has a financial impact for the delegate as well as a positive sustainable impact on the planet.

Updates about travels to Quito

Quito was awarded World Travel & Tourism Council’s Safe Travels Stamp in 2020, in recognition of its compliance with health and hygiene standardized protocols for the travel industry, as well as its effective efforts in aligning the sector to adapt to the new normal, so consumers could experience safe travels.

Quito’s International Airport currently welcomes more than 15 airlines that cover national and international routes, including Avianca, Latam, KLM, Iberia, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Aeromexico, Copa, Wingo, Delta Airlines, Air Europa, and American Airlines. More routes are scheduled to reopen during the following months.

Travelers who carry a vaccination certificate, that proves they have received the complete COVID-19 vaccine doses, will be granted border entry without a negative PCR test. If people do not have the respective vaccine, they must have a negative PCR test to enter Ecuador, with a validity of up to 72 hours before their arrival.

In Quito, we try hard to be your preferred meeting destination.

 

About The Hybrid City Alliance

The Hybrid City Alliance brings together like-minded destinations to offer a simple, streamlined, transparent and free to access approach to engaging with multiple locations for hybrid and multi-city events.  The city partners act as one point of contact for PCOs and event buyers looking to work with multiple suppliers and destinations on a single event.

The Hybrid City Alliance is developing a range of services and additional tools for organizers, including educational content and white papers.  These are available through the Hybrid City Alliance website – http://www.hybridcityalliance.org/

The current Hybrid City Alliance members are:

  • Australia, Business Events Sydney
  • Belgium, Antwerp Convention Bureau
  • Canada, Ottawa Tourism Business Events
  • Canada, Edmonton Convention Bureau
  • Canada, Tourism Winnipeg
  • Costa Rica Convention Bureau
  • Czech Republic, Prague Convention Bureau
  • Ecuador, Quito Tourism Board
  • France, Cannes Convention Bureau
  • Japan, Fukuoka Convention Bureau
  • Switzerland, Geneva Convention Bureau
  • Switzerland, Lausanne Montreux Convention Bureau
  • Switzerland, Zurich Convention Bureau
  • South-Africa Durban KwaZulu Natal Convention Bureau
  • South-Korea, Seoul Convention Bureau
  • The Netherlands, The Hague Convention Bureau

United Kingdom, Liverpool Convention Bureau

About Quito Tourism Board

Quito Tourism Board (aka Quito Turismo) is the organization in charge of promoting Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, as a global destination of choice for conventions and leisure travel, leading the way in performance and innovation. For the MICE industry, visit us at mice.visitquito.ec/en/

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