Association HQs in GAHP cities growing faster

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Association HQs in GAHP cities growing faster

Latest data from the Union of International Associations (UIA) confirms that the four members of the Global Association Hubs Partnership (GAHP) continue to grow their market share of association headquarters.
Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington, DC all built on their leading positions of the last 10 years in 2016, with particularly strong growth in the booming Dubai market.

« We are seeing encouraging growth in all our GAHP partner hubs. This year's UIA data for locations of association headquarters and regional offices consolidates our leading position as global capitals and regional gateways for international associations, » said Hervé Bosquet, GAHP Senior Advisor.Steen Jakobsen, Executive Committee Member, Dubai Association Centre, adds « Whilst growth in association secretariats has averaged 6% worldwide in the last 10 years, evolution in our partner hubs is a little over 11%. In Dubai we have more than doubled our market share and the newly established Dubai Association Centre has already assisted 35 associations setup in the emirate. »

The data comes exactly one year after Brussels, Dubai, Singapore and Washington, DC launched the Global Association Hubs Partnership. The four cities joined forces to help associations expand globally and build capacity out of their hubs.
Since then GAHP has engaged in open dialogues with international associations' top management with a view to making the partner hubs uniquely competitive and convenient for international associations to transition into their regions and tap into growth opportunities.

Providing value for associations that want to expand internationally will continue to be at the heart of the GAHP strategy and activities in 2017.
The focus will be on creating the proper working and learning environment and, beyond the practicalities, on providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and community building.

« Helping associations grow is why we joined forces one year ago, » concluded Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director of the Brussels Convention and Association Bureau. « We live in a globalizing world and start to see the first benefits of the GAHP strategy in response to the need for associations to go global if they want to continue to grow. We are determined to invest in making our hubs increasingly competitive. In Brussels for example, we plan on opening an association clubhouse in 2017, a place where executives can meet, connect, learn from each other, and foster partnerships. »