The final shortlist of 12 entries for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme have been announced by BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
The Incredible Impacts Programme celebrates the ‘beyond tourism’ value of international association meetings to create a powerful platform to advocate their positive societal impact. A panel of independent judges from the association world will determine three meetings that have shown the greatest impact, and award grants of USD 7,500 on behalf of BestCities and ICCA.
Shortlisted associations represent a broad range of sectors including leadership; scientific innovation; humanitarianism; environmental issues; music; disease; disability, and child neglect.
Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said: “The Incredible Impacts Programme is a showcase of global excellence of lasting legacies within the meetings and events industry. We have been overwhelmed by the work submitted, which demonstrates the breadth of impact being delivered by associations.
“A core goal of BestCities is to nurture and develop the purpose of events beyond traditional planning, focusing on vital areas including legacy development, sustainability and accessibility. It is hugely encouraging to see these values being replicated by associations the world over, who are making lasting contributions to the destinations they visit.”
Dennis Speet, ICCA Interim CEO, added: “This is the second edition of the Incredible Impacts Programme and the quality of legacy projects we have received is truly astounding. The variety of industries represented in the submissions demonstrates the wide-ranging and deeply positive impact that the work of international associations has when it comes to finding solutions to societal challenges.
We hope that this year’s superb entries inspire other associations and meeting planners to consider how they can create a legacy with their meetings and leave a long-lasting impact on their host destinations.”
The final judging will now take place with the winners to be announced after 10 September 2018.
The final shortlist:
- Soroptimist International
- The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
- European Association for Palliative Care
- International Council on Social Welfare
- Down Syndrome International
- African Women in Leadership Organisation
- International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation
- World Environmental Education Congress Network
- International Actuarial Association
- The International Society for Music Education
- Society for Ecological Restoration
- Union for International Cancer Control
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NOTES TO THE EDITOR:
Examples of beyond tourism impacts or legacy include:
- Knowledge and/or skills transfers to developing countries.
- Public awareness of healthcare or environmental issues, or achievement of improved outcomes.
- Positive impact on national and regional policies and practices.
- Advancing future intellectual and/or societal leaders (could be general young members of the association, or young women, or young people from developing countries, etc).
For further details on Incredible Impacts: www.iccaworld.org/incredibleimpacts
ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.
ICCA represents the main specialists in organizing, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises over 1,100 member companies and organizations in almost 100 countries worldwide. ICCA specializes in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities. www.iccaworld.org. @ICCAWorld
BestCities Global Alliance is an international network of 12 leading convention destinations around the globe. They are distinguished by the commitment of the members' convention offices to offering special standards of service. Members include Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.
By working together, BestCities adds a unique value to its member cites. This ‘Alliance thinking’ not only brings a level of creative client solutions no individual partner city could deliver on their own, but in turn helps BestCities’ members achieve their own objectives, better than they could alone. www.bestcities.net @BestCitiesGA.