Incredible Impacts Third Year Winners

September 20, 2019

Incredible Impacts Third Year Winners

The Incredible Impacts Programme, now in its third year, run collaboratively by ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance, has selected three winning associations as leading examples of excellence within the global meetings industry. An independent panel of industry experts selected the winners of this year’s Incredible Impacts grant as the European Lung Foundation in conjunction with European Respiratory Society, the International AIDS Society and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The three associations from across the globe will each receive a grant worth US $7,500 towards future projects, in recognition of their hosted events excelling in areas such as legacy development, diversity and accessibility.

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said: “This year’s Incredible Impacts Programme submissions have been shining examples of innovative thinking and diversity in the meetings industry, demonstrating the impact and legacy we can leave behind us – particularly with the way each of them engaged with the younger generation.”

September 18, 2019

New Partnership Strengthens Ottawa and The Hague

Two association destinations, Ottawa Tourism and The Hague Convention Bureau recently revealed their intention to sign a friendly memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at strengthening both cities’ offering to the global meetings industry. This MOU is the culmination of a bond created and developed over the last five years by the two convention bureaux.

The collaboration between Ottawa Tourism and The Hague Convention Bureau will open doors for both cities to meet new clients through knowledge sharing and exchange.  Just one example is support given by Ottawa Tourism in the run up to The Hague hosting One Young World in 2018.  As one of the world’s largest and most complex events, the Canadian capital was able to share its experiences from hosting in 2016.

Key objectives from the first year of the partnership include the creation of joint sales activity, the creation of research and intelligence documents focused on the security, governance and defence sectors, identification of clients where both cities would be of interest followed by the creation of a joint proposal/bid highlighting synergies between the two destinations as well as legacy benefits of working together and identification of historic Hague clients that would be interested in Ottawa and vice-versa.

September 12, 2019

Incredible Impacts Third Year Winners

The Incredible Impacts Programme, now in its third year, run collaboratively by ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance, has selected three winning associations as leading examples of excellence within the global meetings industry. An independent panel of industry experts selected the winners of this year’s Incredible Impacts grant as the European Lung Foundation in conjunction with European Respiratory Society, the International AIDS Society and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The three associations from across the globe will each receive a grant worth US $7,500 towards future projects, in recognition of their hosted events excelling in areas such as legacy development, diversity and accessibility.

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said: “This year’s Incredible Impacts Programme submissions have been shining examples of innovative thinking and diversity in the meetings industry, demonstrating the impact and legacy we can leave behind us – particularly with the way each of them engaged with the younger generation.”

September 4, 2019

GDS-Index Welcomes Denver

Denver is the newest, and fourth city in the US to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

Denver’s sustainability as both a destination and a convention city is apparent throughout the city – from the LEED Gold certified Colorado Convention Center with its own sustainability program, to green hotels, to a citywide bike sharing program and others. In 2019, Denver was only the 11th community in the world to become LEED Platinum certified under the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities program; and VISIT DENVER was the first CVB In the world to achieve Level One Certification with the ASTM/APEX Standard for Destinations for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences.

Denver is home to the first commercial service airport in North America to receive an internationally certified Environmental Management System (EMS), and was ranked as one of the top 10 most sustainable North American Cities (Arcadia, 2016). The city’s convention bureau has contributed to these successes, by providing the necessary tools and resources to assist organisers in creating more regenerative events.

August 22, 2019

Learn Leadership Skills at IMEX America Association Forum

Future-proofing is among the topics explored at the Association Leadership Forum, a free half-day of education and networking at IMEX America, exclusively for association leaders and created by the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE).

Taking place the day before the show on September 9, the Association Leadership Forum is designed to enhance leadership skills, address the current disruptive business environment, and ensure that associations are nimble enough to achieve results in a competitive landscape.

Participants will be inspired and challenged by visionaries and role models from a variety of professional and trade association backgrounds. Developed as an interactive format, the forum leverages strategic conversations and collaborative peer learning to help senior association members apply advanced leadership concepts. Participants will leave inspired, motivated, and ready to embrace change to drive their association forward.

IMEX America will be held on September 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas and will bring together around 3,500 suppliers and 4,000 qualified buyers.

July 16, 2019

Toronto Talks Animals

From today til July 19, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is hosting the leading international convention for companion animal veterinarians, the 44th World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress (WSAVA),

The WSAVA World Congress is bringing together 2,100 veterinarians from 82 countries for a scientific program of the highest standard that will leave a legacy beyond the convention. Delegates will host a clinic for homeless and vulnerably-housed pet owners at the Yonge Street Mission and participate in a run to raise funds to support the fight against rabies in Africa. Following the convention, a two-day workshop will take place with leading expert veterinarians Dr. Sheilah Robertson and Dr. Melinda Merck in collaboration with the Ontario Shelter Medicine Association and the Toronto Humane Society.

The bid to host WSAVA was won back in 2015 by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in partnership with the MTCC, Tourism Toronto and the Leaders Circle, a noteworthy association of Canadian professionals who are experts in their respective fields.

July 4, 2019

Brisbane to Host Paediatric Hearing and Speech Symposium

A US-headquartered paediatric health symposium has chosen Brisbane as its first-ever Asia Pacific host city, with 500 global experts to meet in March 2021. The successful bid for the AG Bell Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium was led by economic development board Brisbane Marketing in partnership with Hear and Say, a local non-for-profit providing early intervention services for children with hearing loss.

“This conference will significantly boost Hear and Say’s profile, enhancing our reputation as specialists on an international scale, and showcasing our Brisbane HQ as a centre of excellence for paediatric hearing healthcare, research and training,” said Hear and Say’s Clinical Director, Emma Rushbrooke. “We are doing some great research here in Australia and now we are being recognised internationally for our excellent level of service for children with hearing loss.”

July 1, 2019

Petroleum to be Discussed in Calgary

The 24th World Petroleum Congress will be hosted in Calgary in 2023, bringing  an estimated $65 million CAD in economic injection to the city. Over 80 countries will be represented at the “Olympics of oil and gas”, with an estimated 5,000 delegates, including c-suite executives, global media and ministers of energy. Meanwhile, hosting the Congress will boost Canada’s international presence in the global oil and gas industry and showcase the economic benefits of investment opportunities in Canada.

“Calgary’s bid was strong and demonstrated significant municipal and industry support, while showcasing the benefits of hosting in a city that’s bursting with energetic community spirit and a welcoming western hospitality,” says Denis Painchaud, Chairman of the World Petroleum Council of Canada and Meetings + Conventions Calgary (MCC). The City of Calgary and the Calgary Hotel Association were major financial partners with MCC in support of this bid.

The World Petroleum Congress will be hosted by both the BMO Centre and Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (pictured), and will utilize an estimated 25 hotels.

June 28, 2019

Canada Provides Content for Conferences

Content really matters when selecting a host destination for a conference and organisers are looking to host their events in respected knowledge hubs. Canadian destinations offer intellectual capital across a number of sectors and collaboration between industry, educational institutions and government. Business Events Canada facilitates introductions to local researchers and industry leaders, helping organisers capitalise on Canada’s intellectual offer. Another way for attendees to expand their professional network is to work with the host destination’s local ambassadors group, often associated with the city’s convention centre.

Read more on how Canada leverages its knowledge hubs to attract international conferences here.

 

June 25, 2019

What Is IMEX America 2019 All About

IMEX America will be held on September 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas and will bring together around 3,500 suppliers and 4,000 qualified buyers.

IMEX America kicks off with Smart Monday powered by Meeting Professionals with international inspirational artist and TED Talk speaker, Phil Hansen. He will launch Smart Monday with his keynote titled “Embrace The Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities”. It will outline how limitations – for meeting planners, that can be reduced budget, limited resources, rushed timelines, etc. – can be an impetus for creativity and imagination, which ties to this year’s Talking Point.

Also taking place on Smart Monday is the Association Leadership Forum – learning and networking exclusively for association professionals. The free program, created by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, enables participants to learn from engaging thought leaders, through strategic conversations and collaborative peer learning. Jessica Pettitt will lead a discussion on “Inclusion: beyond the law for meeting professionals,” to learn how to keep attendees feeling safe and welcomes, whereas Lynn Wellish will discuss how to put lead generation in your comfort zone by offering tips and tricks to overcome sales call reluctance.