After a very successful inaugural year in 2017, the Incredible Impacts Programme – developed by the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA – has opened submissions for the 2018 grants. Showcasing examples of how associations’ international meeting can leave long lasting legacies beyond overnight tourism, candidates must simply demonstrate a track-record in legacy programme/project considering also how they will use the grant to better upcoming or future events. Factors such as sustainability, environmental considerations and knowledge sharing are fundamental criteria for the candidacy.
An independent jury, consisting of last year’s winners among others, will determine three associations which will be announced at the ICCA Congress in Dubai from 11-14 November 2018. Last year the programme launched with 20 associations submitting their unique and innovative approaches and evaluation was conducted through a peer review by a panel of judges from international associations, who were extremely impressed with the quality of case studies shared.
ICCA CEO Martin Sirk stated: “Over the last decade the world’s leading meetings destinations have all embraced strategies that place intellectual capital creation and knowledge exchange, and economic and societal development goals ahead of traditional bed-night driven, tourist-centric metrics. Everyone is now talking about the legacy that meetings generate, and no sector leaves a more powerful legacy than international association meetings. Whether trying to influence government policy, drawing public attention to healthcare challenges, or simply finding new ways to provide support for disadvantaged groups of their members or stakeholders, associations are always aiming to make a positive difference, and so we’re delighted to be able to support them and to showcase their stories in this innovative way.”