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Tue, 11 Jul


London, Manchester and York (UK)

World Town Leadership Summit: The Future of Place

IDA’s World Town Leadership Summit convenes place management leaders from around the globe in a small group setting to explore key city building issues and learn how different countries and cultures address these challenges in their context.

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World Town Leadership Summit: The Future of Place
World Town Leadership Summit: The Future of Place

Time & Location

11 Jul 2023, 09:00 – 14 Jul 2023, 17:00

London, Manchester and York (UK)

About the Event

There are so many global issues at play which cities are exposed to.

Cities are working to overcome specific post-pandemic problems such as a slow return to the office, fears around the rise of anti-social behaviour and a reboot to the visitor economy. While attempting to overcome these issues, cities are now engulfed by inflationary pressures triggered by huge shortages in labour, goods, and energy which threaten business viability.

While all of this consumes our attention, in the background longer-term trends and challenges persist. The fourth industrial revolution (not least the (r)evolution of AI) and the climate crisis, each require our attention to ensure the built environment is future proof.

The urban place management industry has been entrusted with both navigating the short-term challenges and the future-proofing of city centres long-term, and this must be a global effort. This is why, for 2023, the International Downtown Association is reconvening the World Town Leadership Summit bringing together a small group of place leaders across the globe. This, the first such summit post-pandemic, will be themed ‘The Future of Place’ and will be hosted in the UK. The agenda will explore how place management, in particular BIDs, need to evolve to rise to the challenge.

Delegates from across the UK and Ireland are being invited to participate in sessions over three days in London and Manchester from the 11th July to the 13th July. Book now to register your interest. Payment will be coordinated via invoice by ATCM on behalf of the International Downtown Association. Availability is limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Costs are below.

If you are not based in either the UK or Ireland, but want to attend, then book directly with the International Downtown Association. Visit



Pre-Summit Roundtable: Half day session on tourism trends, back to office challenges and small business support.

WHEN: 11th July 2023

WHERE: Hosted by the Heart of London Business Alliance

COST: £99 (+VAT)

Official Summit and Networking Dinner: Two-day discussion with the first day featuring 'The Future of Place' and the second day featuring 'The Future of Place Management'. Networking dinner will take place on the evening of the 12th July. Topics include AI, climate change and other global city challenges.

WHERE: Hosted by CityCo (Manchester)

WHEN: 12th and 13th July 2023

COST: £199 (+VAT)

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