Shanghai. Connie Cheng from Shanghai Municipal Tourism Authority received the ICCA Moises Shuster Award at ICCA’s 50-year Anniversary Gala at its annual Congress in Shanghai, China-P.R. this week, for her contribution towards the development of China’s international meetings industry.
The Moises Shuster Award is the association’s highest honour, named after one of ICCA’s founding fathers and past Presidents. It is only given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the international meetings industry over many years, and who have played a leading role in the association’s global success.
ICCA President Arnaldo Nardone, announcing the Award: “Connie Cheng is a pioneer as our first active Chinese member. Not only did she single-handedly market her city Shanghai to the international market, but she travelled tirelessly all around her country, persuading others to join and engage with ICCA, so that today China has one of the world’s largest national memberships. Starting with Pieter van der Hoeven, she helped successive ICCA Presidents and CEOs to understand China’s complex culture and politics, and made ICCA a well-known brand. In recognition of this she was given the title of Honorary Ambassador for her country.”
“Connie is the person who has played the biggest role in making this year’s Congress so special, although she is far too modest to admit this!” Mr. Nardone said. “It is thanks to Connie’s work over the last 16 years that top Chinese officials really understand the importance of our industry, and this is why there has been so much incredible support for this year’s Congress.”
ICCA rounded up a full year of 50-year anniversary celebrations during its 52nd ICCA Congress, which took place 2-6 November in Shanghai, China-P.R. with a record-breaking number of 936 participants from 61 countries; the highest attendance for an ICCA Congress outside Europe.