BestCities Global Alliance has launched Best Events Centre (www.bestcities.net/Best-Events-Centre
), a free online tool kit for planners of international association events. The site is an information exchange that brings together exclusive content and insider tips to help local hosts and international organizers navigate the myriad tasks required in planning and running an international conference or meeting. Content is broken into three areas: pre-event, during event and post-event, enabling users to fine-tune their searches. All phases of the process are included, from selecting a destination, event marketing and business planning, to raising sponsorship dollars and covering risk management. There are checklists, templates and presentations, as well as tips and guidelines on working with airlines, professional conference organizers, and convention and visitor bureaus. Best Events Global Alliance is a consortium of 10 destination management organizations that represent the cities of Berlin; Cape Town, South Africa; Chicago; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dubai; Edinburgh, Scotland; Houston; Melbourne, Australia; Singapore; and Vancouver, British Columbia.