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2018 Incredible Impacts Shortlist Announced

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:

1. Soroptimist International
2. The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
3. European Association for Palliative Care
4. International Council on Social Welfare
5. Down Syndrome International
6. African Women in Leadership Organisation
7. International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation
8. World Environmental Education Congress Network
9. International Actuarial Association
10. The International Society for Music Education
11. Society for Ecological Restoration
12. Union for International Cancer Control

ICCA Board signals ambitious changes ahead with search for new CEO

The Board of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced the departure of long-serving CEO, Martin Sirk, who will step down from his position with the association at the end of July 2018.

With Sirk’s departure, the ICCA Board will be working with new leadership to drive the association forward over the coming decade, and to identify and implement new business models that will future-proof ICCA in what is certain to be a dynamic and hyper-competitive environment.

Sirk joined ICCA as CEO in 2002 and has led the association as it grew from 600 to over 1,100 member companies and organisations in 97 countries.

Sirk commented: “16 years is an exceptionally long period in any role, and I’m immensely proud of the team in Amsterdam and our Regional Offices around the world. I believe I have played a major role in safeguarding the unique culture of ICCA – genuinely global, friendly and open-minded, but always business-focused – throughout the many changes that we have gone through. I wish my successor joy and success with this extraordinary association, which I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to serve.”

ICCA will now appoint a new CEO at the earliest opportunity and will be appointing an international recruitment firm to assist with the selection and evaluation process.

With immediate effect ICCA’s Chief Value Officer, Dennis Speet, will lead the association as its acting CEO.

ICCA President Nina Freysen Pretorius said: “We would like to thank Martin for his many years of dedicated service. He has laid the foundations for the next era of ICCA’s development, and the ICCA Board is now determined to identify the right individual to work with us in realising our ambitious long-term vision for tomorrow’s ICCA. We anticipate that there will be many challenges but also some enormous opportunities to expand our business community and to deliver new and even better value to our members, and I know that the future of our association is very bright.”




IACC breaks the mould with New European Board of Directors

IACC today announces three newly elected board members and a Vice President to its European chapter, creating the youngest and most gender equal board in the association’s history.

Joining the European board as Directors are, Clotilde Gay, Director of Sales at Dolce Chantilly, France; Sylvia Nylin, Managing Director and CEO of Svenska Möten, Sweden; and Manpreet Sehmbi, Sales Manager at etc. Venues Ltd, UK.

Led by European chapter President, Lotta Boman, who was elected in September 2017, the board’s average age is now 43, with the youngest member aged 28; making it the youngest boards 35-year history.

Lotta Boman commented: “The European chapter board generates a huge amount of energy and champions great initiatives, and seeing this year’s election results, I am confident that we will continue to be a vehicle for ideas generation in the IACC community. I’m looking forward to working with the newly appointed board members, and those already with us.”

In addition to the newly elected European chapter Directors, Pieter Allaerts joins the board as Vice President. Presently Director of Sales & Marketing at Dolce La Hulpe Brussels since 2007, Allaerts previously held the position as President of MPI Belgium from 2014 – 2016.

Pieter Allaerts commented: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been elected as Vice President of the IACC European board, and I’m excited to be working alongside a group of talented and enthusiastic people, that truly value our industry. I believe that the responsibility of the European chapter is to prepare our industry for the future; to do this, our role will be to foster creativity, support the development of our members and be the ambassador for exceptional meeting concepts.”

Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC, commented on the appointment of the board members: “We are always overwhelmed by the interest from European member venues and their staff to serve on the board. Diversity on all accounts is hugely important, and in this year’s applicants we saw interest from an even wider demographic of people within the IACC community, which is fantastic. The IACC Europe chapter has an exciting board line up which achieves these aspirations.”

Re-elected board members include Jeu Bressers, Owner of Kapellerput Conference Hotel, Nertherlands; Philippe Attia, Managing Director of Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa, Switzerland; and Gunilla Runsten, CEO of Ronneberga Konferens, Sweden.

The board will serve a term that will conclude on 31 December 2019.



International City Tourism Summit: European Cities to Work On Morphing DMO's Business Model And Engaging the City!

At the European Cities Marketing Meeting in Reykjavik, February 21-24, 2018, ECM will follow in the footsteps of the best of Jedi knights, looking towards the dark side to leverage and learn from a mindset that ignites innovation and disruption. Industry thought leaders will challenge the attendees while ideas and insights will be shared on how DMOs all over Europe are morphing their business models, forming new partnerships out of the touristic marketing box and hacking innovative new solutions to problems which we all face.

The "Hack the City" conference will be nothing more than a problem-solving methodology that will tackle the bigger problems faced by Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs), which are demanding a change of mindset and tools to stimulate and facilitate urban development and innovation in the visitor economy. In line with our Meet Share Grow moto, the meeting will give European destinations lots of inspiration and empower DMO teams to start their own hacking journey.

Speaking about the next ECM Meeting, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, ECM President, said: "The professional principle of DMOs is facing the biggest challenge and possibility for decades. Many have already recognized the need to disrupt the classic role and function of DMOs beyond their tasks of city marketing, the meetings industry or tourism. DMOs tend to be the cities' official marketing agencies, emphasizing the need for the DMO to add the destination management function as a core task. Yet, more and more DMOs are looking beyond management to leadership, taking on a new mission of leading their destination towards urban innovation, facilitating change and expanding horizons towards new value creation for the city and the many stakeholders of the visitor economy. Join us while we explore a near future, where DMOs are the hackers too with the potential to drive the innovative change that will reshape the future of travel and urban space."

Keynote speakers include Jason Lane, Group Executive for European Market Development at Mastercard and Siduri Poli, Innovator & Founder at Changers Hub. Mr. Lane will educate attendees on the technology-savvy financial sector with insights ranging from mobile payments, biometrics, bots, augmented reality shopping to bitcoin and blockchain. Mrs. Poli, using examples from her own company, a community in suburban Stockholm for young people and social activists who want to make a difference, will talk about her goal to create a more equal society ultimately turning cities into a better place.

Participants will also get the latest from cities such as Amsterdam, Bolzano, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds, London, Madrid, Opatija and Paris but also from countries like Iceland and Slovenia.

The conference will be moderated by Peter Rømer Hansen, Founder and CEO of Rømer Agency.

More information on the programme and access to registration can be found on: www.europeancitiesmarketing.com


IACC Announce Newly Elected European President

IACC, the industry’s leading association for small to mid-sized global meeting focused venues, has today announced the appointment of Lotta Boman as the IACC European President.

With 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and events industry, Boman became associated with IACC in 2007, as Vice CEO of the Stora Brannbo Conference & Hotel venue, an IACC certified venue; Lotta went on to join the IACC board as an active member in 2011. Alongside her commitment as IACC’s European President, Lotta owns and is CEO of Sigtunahojden Hotel & Conference in Sweden, an IACC certified venue.

Lotta commented: “It’s an honour to be elected to lead the European chapter of IACC, representing some of the brightest minds in the industry. The coming year brings many exciting projects, and I’m looking forward to working with both our experienced board members and new members, who will no doubt bring innovative ideas and new skills to the table. It’s both exciting and a privilege to be part of the association that leads the way in the industry.”

Over the next year, Lotta’s leadership will be focusing on key areas such as creating more opportunities for members to come together and share their industry insights, the annual Meeting Room of the Future initiative, The Copper Skillet competition, as well as the global staff exchange programme.