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Expanding into a new global market can be an intimidating prospect.

But if done correctly, the potential for growth is massive. 


Gathering representatives of international and North American Associations, Non-Profits, Federations, Societies and NGOs, WIAF aims at establishing an international leading platform and knowledge sharing event in one of the world’s flagship host destinations for professional associations and non-profit organizations. 

WIAF’s primary mission this year is to bring together international and North America based international / American associations and non-profit organizations to provide knowledge transfer, to enable peer-to-peer exchange, to share best practices and to design joint initiatives to tackle common challenges, to help achieve better results and greater impact.

Washington D.C., much like Brussels and Geneva, is an institutional, political and advocacy hub and a central location for international diplomacy, innovation and professional expertise. The city’s unique ecosystem of public, private, non-profit, academic and political players provides a fertile ground for fostering an impactful dialogue and expertise sharing. Building and extending the community amongst international and North-American associations and non-profit organizations is one of the essence of WIAF. 



WIAF is accessible to all type of Associations, Federations, Federations, Societies, NGOs and Non-Profits (from C-level to junior level professionals), WIAF partners and supporters. 



WIAF is a) for International organizations that want to expand and improve their international operations and activities to create more impact as well as for b) domestic organizations that are just exploring opportunities and are interested in discussing and defining their very own potential international approach and strategy. Learning about the does and don’ts on the international scene, understanding cultural barriers and learning how to overcome them. 

At WIAF, we are discussing the ,how to’ and bring the discussion on international developments to the next level. Moving from the theory, making it practical and sharing real life scenarios that worked and didn’t work for other associations.


THANK YOU to our WIAF Global Destination Partners


WIAF Event Partners




Start: January 31, 2024
9:30 AM
End: February 1, 2024
4:30 PM

American Geophysical Union, Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA

Florida Avenue Northwest 2000
20009 Washington DC
United States


Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau


Barcelona Convention Bureau

  • Barcelona Convention Bureau

    Explore Barcelona Convention Bureau

    Barcelona Convention Bureau (BCB) is a specialized Turisme de Barcelona programme aimed at promoting the city as a venue for conferences, conventions and incentive travel, as well as offering free and neutral advisory services for professionals interested in organizing a meeting in Barcelona.

    Founded in 1983, BCB was a pioneer in this field in Spain. All these years of work have given us in-depth knowledge of the city, creating close working relationships with companies in the meetings industry.

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Meet in Ireland


Tourisme Montreal

  • Tourisme Montreal

    BIAF is supported and in partnership with

    Tourisme / Business Events Montreal:

    Palais des congrès de Montréal:

    Montreal International:

    Tourisme Montréal: Uniting the local tourism industry

    Tourisme Montréal is a private, non-profit organization that works to position Montréal as one of the most attractive cities in North America, recognized around the world for being an open, exciting and creative destination. The organization leads innovative tourist welcome strategies with a twofold objective: ensuring that visitors enjoy a high-quality experience and maximizing the economic benefits of tourism. Uniting more than 900 tourism industry stakeholders, Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of Montréal’s tourism offer and makes recommendations on issues with regard to the city’s economic, urban and cultural development. The organization’s mandate includes: 

    Maximizing the economic benefits of tourism
    Tourisme Montréal creates business opportunities for its members and partners with a view to maximizing the economic spinoffs of tourism for the whole city. The organization develops market-specific business intelligence to better target tourist segments, develop new markets and create connections around the world.

    Developing and deploying innovative tourist welcome strategies
    Tourisme Montréal leads local efforts to develop tourist welcome strategies that create an unforgettable experience for visitors. Our responsibilities include managing a tourist information office and educating the tourism industry on the importance of offering an outstanding welcome. 
    In line with these aims, the organization launched the “Montréal vous accueille” project, displaying the BONJOUR signature at all of the city’s points of entry and tourist attractions. The goal of this initiative is to rally tourism professionals around a shared greeting strategy and provide a unified visual that showcases the city’s dominant language and warm personality.

    Managing and developing the tourism offer
    Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of Montréal’s tourism offer, ensuring alignment with industry trends. It also makes recommendations on issues surrounding the city’s economic, urban and cultural development. Its goal is to enhance Montréal’s appeal during all four seasons and to highlight the destination’s unique personality. 

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Vienna Convention Bureau


Destination DC

  • Destination DC

    Washington, DC is a global hub for impactful congresses, meetings and incentive travel.

    Organizers benefit from unmatched access provided by this connected capital that ranks as a top city in North America and the U.S. for international association meetings according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Statistics Reports. This is one reason why DC has become a front-runner as an international meetings destination. The other: Washington, DC is a memorable destination filled with iconic views, unique venues, award-winning hotels and rewarding experiences.

    Our convention sales and services team provides customized assistance for meetings of all sizes to ensure a successful event.

    Find a city that serves as a partner, not just a contact. When you book an event in Washington, DC, we are here every step of the way to guarantee a win for you and your team. We consider new ideas with you and focus on how we can implement them effectively. Planners have come to appreciate and rely on the housing and registration services we provide, including a convenient booking website for attendees, real-time reports on cut-off and sold-out data, additional staff and much more. We will help you have an unforgettable event in the nation’s capital.

    Destination DC provides the following services and support:

    • Help navigate COVID restrictions
    • Liaise with our members and partners to help plan your event
    • Support your in-person or hybrid meetings
    • Recommend great outdoor options for meetings, events and activities
    • Guidance in selecting a distinctive venue, booking a cool hotel or taking advantage of unmatched access to expert speakers, federal policy makers and industry sponsors for any event
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