2013 Host Cities Summit

4-5 December 2013 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates in Media Partnership with Major Events International

Presented by Emirates, Host Cities returns for the second year to Dubai this December.

Over the course of two days, bidders and prospective host countries will gather and meet with rights holders to discuss how to bid for and organise events that leave a positive legacy. We are excited to bring Host Cities back, and this year is especially poignant in light of the pending announcement for Expo 2020.

The 2013 Host Cities session highlights have recently been released, and I want to ensure you are the first to receive it (you can grab your copy on the website). A sneak peek at some of the core topics that will be addressed this year include:

  • Positioning cities as vibrant hubs for events
  • Creating and developing spectacular events to promote a destination
  • Bidding for and winning events that will make a difference to your city
  • How cities can actively engage their communities around large scale events
  • Health, safety and sustainability
  • A view from bidding cities and the winner of the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020
  • Maximising and measuring the impact of events
  • Increasing social impact when hosting events
  • Funding and partnership
  • Media and branding
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Last year we welcomed more than 200 decision makers from event owners, host nations, Ministries of Tourism, Sport, Education and Economy, Sports Councils, current and potential sponsors of major events and more. Many and more will be returning in 2013.

What's New for 2013?

New for 2013, Host Cities Summit is split into two streams - one focusing on major events such as congress, exhibitions and festivals and one stream looking at sporting events - key topics for 2013 include social impact, bidding and legacy.

Key speakers focusing on major events who you can expect to hear from this year include:

  • Rt. Hon. Dame Tessa Jowell, House of Commons
  • Johan Moerman, Managing Director, Rotterdam Festivals
  • Jens V. Holm, Chief Executive Officer, International Masters Games Association
  • Christine Semba, Director of Consultancy & Special Projects, World Music Expo (WOMEX)
  • Robert Richards, Commercial Director, Glastonbury Festivals
  • Isobel Abdulhoul, Festival Director, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
  • Dr. Simon Gage, Director, Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • Daniel Bissonnette, Assistant Director, Cinema-Festivals-Events
  • Kris Donaldson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, World Cities of Culture Organisation Ltd (WCC)

To see the full line up, you can visit the speakers section of the Host Cities Summit website and for more details on their presentations take a look at the panel session highlights.

Participation in the Summit will allow you to learn more about the events industry as well as build critical, lucrative business relationships and connections.

We have a special early bird rate at the moment which is due to expire Sunday, 25th August. Registration rates will never be lower; to benefit from this saving you can:
1.       Register online
2.       Send an email with you contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
3.       Call our Host Cities Summit event team on +971 4 447 5357
I look forward to welcoming you to the Summit in December.
Thea Skelton
Divisional Director
Host Cities Summit

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