Global Congress Accommodations (GCA) was formed in 2016 as a partnership between two of the meetings and conventions industry’s leading housing management companies – SPARGO, Inc. and FHTdirect.com.
FHTdirect.com (FHT), a leader for over 20 years in the management of international group housing services for global groups attending medical conventions, was founded by Candice Steckler in 1996 after years of experience working with some of the top hotel companies in the US, Europe and Asia. FHT specializes in working with international groups attending global medical meetings, securing the best possible housing options for international pharma companies attending these events. In 2015, FHT was acquired by Atlas Travel Solutions UK, a leading destination and MICE management company based in London, with offices in Edinburgh, Dublin and Fort Lauderdale (FL, USA). Through this acquisition, FHT has been growing its portfolio of services, adding on full service meetings management in addition to its housing solutions. FHT is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida (USA), with its European head office in Monte Carlo, Monaco, sales and operations in London, and additional satellite offices in Miami, FL (USA), New York and Milan, Italy.
SPARGO was founded in 1973 by John W. Spargo. When established, the primary focus of the organization was tradeshow sales and management. In the early 1980s, SPARGO began a carefully orchestrated expansion program to diversify its customer base. The expansion program included the addition of other complementary services including housing, registration, meeting logistics and exhibitor lead management services. By the mid 1990s, the company employed 75 employees and had diversified its customer base. Today SPARGO employs 180 full time professionals, servicing nearly 120 events annually. SPARGO remains a privately owned company providing services to more than 50 different association and corporate customers. The company provides superior customer service and utilizes the most advanced technologies available in the industry. Technologies employed by SPARGO include the enterprise version of A2Z (Exposition Management Software) and proprietary software designed exclusively for SPARGO use. The SPARGO Registration and Housing System combines secure e-commerce solutions, advanced data management features and robust marketing and reporting tools.