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12 Voices Share One Important Message

April 12, 2018

12 Voices Share One Important Message
New Communications Campaign Set to Showcase the Power of People

In recognition of the Global Meetings Industry Day, the BestCities Global Alliance has today announced an exciting new communications strategy that will showcase the Power of People. Led by the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau, who will host the BestCities 2018 Global Forum in December 9-12, the bureau has developed a campaign that aims to celebrate the unique role people play in making significant changes and progressions in the meetings and events industry.

Together alongside the 11 other BestCities destinations, Bogotá will be showcasing the core theme of this year’s Global Forum in a drip-feed digital strategy that will make touch points across the globe. This will be the first time the alliance has communicated the theme from their annual event out to a wider audience via a targeted strategy that will see all cities share a cohesive message.

The movement will give real understanding and meaning to the power people have within an industry that have the ability to make change. Over the past two years, the BestCities Global Forum has looked at the impact of legacy and the importance of building cultural bridges. This year, the alliance wants to ensure the people are at the core of everything.

Phase one of the campaign will see all 12 of the BestCities partner cities, which includes Berlin, Tokyo, Vancouver, Madrid, Houston, Singapore, Melbourne, Dubai, Bogotá, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Cape Town, share impactful images that illustrate what the Power of People means to them.

Linda Garzón Rocha of Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau said: “We strongly believe that each person has the power to make a fundamental difference that can shape the future and make a positive change. People are the essence of this industry, and this industry is a vessel to achieve wider and bigger impacts. As an alliance we want to highlight the true power of the people within it and believe this campaign will help us achieve this.”

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities Global Alliance said: “We always do our utmost to ensure the theme of our Global Forum focuses on a significant topic so we’re excited to have this year’s event focus on the Power of People. The message we want to communicate is that people live at the heart of this industry and through this campaign we hope to shine a spotlight on the many inspiring individuals who are working to better the industry, events and legacies we’re creating. The Power of People is a broad theme with multiple meanings and we’re thrilled to have a strategy in place to share our view on what this means to 12 of the best cities across the globe”.

Phase one of the campaign will run from 12 April until 14 May with phase two to be announced shortly.

The BestCities team and partner cities will be in attendance at this year’s IMEX Frankfurt. Further information on what is to be expected from this year’s Global Forum taking place in Bogotá in December will be unveiled at a media breakfast on Tuesday 15th May at Maritim Hotel Frankfurt, located next to the Messe Frankfurt.


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Incredible Impacts Programme Opens Submissions for 2018 Grants

March 9, 2018

Incredible Impacts Programme Opens Submissions for 2018 Grants

The programme that celebrates the “beyond tourism” lasting impacts associations have made is back for a second year running as it prepares to shine the spotlight on even more inspiring legacy examples.

After a successful first year, the Incredible Impacts Programme, developed by the BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA, has announced that they are once again looking for associations to share examples of how they are leaving long-term legacies. Factors such as sustainability, environmental considerations and knowledge sharing are fundamental elements of international associations and the Incredible Impacts Grant presents an opportunity to showcase best examples that will inspire and motivate others.

With three grants of US $7,500 available, entrants have the opportunity to be recognised for their innovative work while securing funds that can be used towards future legacy projects.

Last year, in its inaugural year, the programme launched with 20 associations submitting their unique and innovative approaches to going beyond tourism. 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. One of the winners was The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) for its World Thrombosis Day Campaign.

Speaking of their success, Louise St. Germain, Director of Membership and Marketing of ISTH said: “The Incredible Impacts Programme is an amazing platform for associations like ISTH to showcase the creative ways they are addressing issues beyond tourism.”

Receiving the $7,500 grant has enabled us to further build awareness of the critical condition of Thrombosis and Haemostasis than ever before. The money will be utilised to develop and distribute additional online and print resources that will be crucial to the education of health care providers and the public which is such a fantastic step forward for us.

Louise will join the panel to judge this year’s nominations alongside fellow 2017 Incredible Impacts winners; Tracy Bury, Director of World Confederation for Physical Therapy and Elisabeth Pollard, Executive Director of World Parkinson Coalition Inc. Silke Schlinnertz, Head of Events & Operations of Euroheat & Power, Belgium and Bettina Borisch, Executive Director of World Federation of Public Health Associations, Switzerland will also join the panel.

Developed to help associations make tangible progress in creating meaningful legacy programmes for their international meetings, Incredible Impacts will showcase powerful examples of good practice within the industry just like ISTH, demonstrating the true value of meetings.

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said: “We couldn’t be more pleased with the success of the first Incredible Impacts Grant Programme and year two is expected to bring even more attention to international associations that are truly making a difference to improve the world.”

Last year’s Incredible Impacts submissions drew attention to the inspiring work being done with standout examples from Twitter chat events that made global impressions to fresh approaches to inclusivity that reached both attending and non-attending audiences.

It is important to acknowledge and celebrate those within the industry who are showing leading practice and our ultimate goal is to have their examples to inspire others.

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.

Those interested in applying for the 2018 grants must simply demonstrate a track-record in “beyond tourism” or legacy programme/project related to their international meetings. They must also consider how they will use the grant to better upcoming or future events.

An independent jury will determine which three associations which will be announced at the ICCA Congress in Dubai from 11-14 November 2018. Associations interested in applying can nominate themselves or candidate associations can be nominated by any ICCA member.

The first round of submissions must be received before 1 August 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to share further information for the second stage of the programme.

For further information on the Incredible Impacts Grant and for details on how to submit your nomination visit: www.bestcities.net or ICCA’s Knowledge Hub on www.iccaworld.org/knowledge.


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BESTCITIES UNVEIL AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR 2017 TOKYO GLOBAL FORUM

May 23, 2017

BESTCITIES UNVEIL AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR 2017 TOKYO GLOBAL FORUM

BestCities Global Alliance is set to champion inclusivity and multi-culturalism within the business tourism industry in 2017 and beyond, following the announcement Building Global Connections Across Cultures will be the core theme underlying this year’s BestCities Global Forum, taking place in Tokyo 4-7 December 2017.

Building on the 100% delegate success ratings in Dubai 2016, the second BestCities Global Forum will be hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB). The impressive programme of education, insight and networking, is already shaping up to be this year’s must-attend event for senior international association meeting planners, looking to increase the positive impact of their meetings.

The Global Forum offers an intimate, yet stimulating learning environment for international association event organisers, to gain a deeper understanding, not only of ways to collaborate more effectively, but how to build professional relationships across cultures and develop effective leadership skills in a global context.

With over 25 years of experience, Sean Blair, owner of ProMeet will facilitate the diverse Forum programme, which includes thought-provoking education sessions, engaging practical workshops, relevant case studies and interactive breakouts challenges, designed to unlock the collective knowledge within the room. Influential speakers will include “accidental executive” and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver Rick Antonson and global leadership and cultural intelligence expert, Miriam van der Horst, owner of Learning 360.

While the majority of the sessions take place in the luxurious Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, nestled within a vast 19th Century Japanese Garden, host TCVB is also planning a rich and diverse programme to immerse participants in Japan’s heritage and culture, while revealing powerful insights into the city and its institutions. With preparations quickly progressing towards 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Prof. Hiroo Ichikawa Executive Director of The Mori Memorial Foundation, will also be discussing the strengths and opportunities of Tokyo in the next decade.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to establish relationships with peers and grow global networks, with events such as the Ambassador Dinner, bringing delegates together with influential local ambassadors and key contacts.

A perfect example of collaboration across cultures, the Global Forum also allows delegates to gain an in-depth knowledge of 12 top class meeting destinations under one roof, with City Café meetings and social networking with all 12 of BestCities’ partners: Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

BestCities Board Chair, Jonas Wilstrup from Wonderful Copenhagen said:
“Building global connections across cultures is at the very heart of BestCities ethos and long-term success. We are 12 partners that recognise the collective strength of working together, adding value not only for our individual cities, but our clients too. This year’s Global Forum will be addressing both the challenges and opportunities when dealing with international stakeholders, providing informed practical advice and peer-to-peer learning in a way, that will genuinely help and support senior association executives to take their future meetings to the next level.”

Kazuko Toda, Director from Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau said:
“Tokyo is delighted to host the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo this December. Through hosting the Forum, we would like our clients to find out what Tokyo has to offer as a meetings destination, and not only a tourism destination. Also, through the learnings of the Forum, we hope to motivate and give confidence to clients who have not had the opportunity to hold their event in Tokyo or any of the new BestCities destinations to consider us for their next meeting. “

The inaugural BestCities Global Forum in Dubai, December 2016, was celebrated as an overwhelming success, with 100% of delegates surveyed reporting the Forum fulfilled their main objectives for attending and would recommend it to their international association meeting planners.

Speaking about the outcomes of the 2016 Global Forum in Dubai, Andry Vleeming, Chairman of World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain said:

“I came with an open mind and was rewarded with four days of networking with talented colleagues sharing interests and expertise.  It has helped change the way I think about our future conferences – the need to move into the future more quickly, which is more critical today than it was in the past.”

Registration for the BestCities Global Forum Tokyo is now open. Free to attend, with round-trip flights, accommodation and meals for all attending qualified international association executives covered by BestCities.

For more information on BestCities and its upcoming events including the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo (4-7 December 2017) visit http://www.bestcities.net  @BestCitiesGA

 


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Business Tourism in the Capital is Soaring

May 3, 2017

Business Tourism in the Capital is Soaring
Convention Edinburgh unveils recent bid wins
 
Edinburgh, the UK’s leading International meetings destination outside of London, has announced a solid start to 2017 with five new bid wins equating to 3,400 delegates and serving over £7M to the local economy. In conjunction with its members, Convention Edinburgh – the organisation responsible for promoting Edinburgh as a premier conference, events and meeting destination – has released details of the large-scale events that will help the Capital city maintain its world class status.

Recent confirmed wins include the European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium (EGOS) taking place in July 2019 with 1,200 delegates expected and bringing a total of £4M in economic benefit to the city. In April 2018, the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) will host their 22nd annual conference in Edinburgh in April 2018 bringing £732K to the city with 600 delegates. On a similar scale, Eurocities will host its conference in November 2018 bringing 500 delegates and £977K to the economy.

Currently ranked 35 in the world’s city rankings by International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and a member of BestCities Global Alliance, Edinburgh offers undisputed standards of excellence for hosting high profile conference and events.

Constantly evolving its facilities to further strengthen its offering, recent developments include the revamp of Edinburgh First’s McEwan Hall, part of the University of Edinburgh, which is undergoing a multi-million-pound renovation to transform the historic venue, due to re-open this summer. £25M is also being invested to revamp the 1935 bandstand in Edinburgh’s West Princes Street Gardens to create a 3,000-seat concert and event venue space with a new pavilion, café and visitor centre that will be completed in December 2019.

Lesley Williams, Head of Business Tourism at Convention Edinburgh said:
“We’re off to a really strong start for 2017 and can only see this strengthening over the remainder of the year. Despite challenges and uncertainties brought about by Brexit, it’s great to see Edinburgh consistently attracting high-profile events and conferences.  The city is truly cementing itself as a global competitor.
“As a convention bureau, Convention Edinburgh recognises the support clients need in the planning of their event from location scouting and building relationships with key people and organisations to creating meaningful events through legacy and sustainability – and we’re there every step of the way. Edinburgh as a destination is a fantastic option for events of all sizes and we’re always working to develop and strengthen our offering.”

Professor John Amis, Conference host of EGOS (2019) and Chair in Strategic Management & Organisation at University of Edinburgh said:
“Edinburgh is a beautiful, historic and connected city that combines its heritage with vibrant, modern facilities and first class service. It presents the European Group for Organizational Studies with a unique opportunity to host a highly professional and memorable event in a stunning setting. The multidisciplinary social science traditions of EGOS are reflected in the dynamic and engaging intellectual climate at University of Edinburgh Business School, and in its relationship with the University’s other world class disciplines, including Informatics, Law, Sociology, Psychology and Public Health.”
Professor Stephen Osborne, Conference host of IRSPM (2018) and Chair of International Public Management at University of Edinburgh said:
“Finding good conference venues for the International Research Society for Public Management annual conference is always a challenging and competitive process, as many institutions bid to host the conference. However, Edinburgh’s combination of outstanding conference facilities, excellent international travel links and host of social and other activities to supplement the conference programme, make it a stand-out choice.”

For further information on Convention Edinburgh and its services at www.conventionedinburgh.com @conventions

BESTCITIES GETS READY TO WELCOME MADRID TO GLOBAL ALLIANCE

January 11, 2017

BESTCITIES GETS READY TO WELCOME MADRID TO GLOBAL ALLIANCE

BestCities Global Alliance is cementing its reputation as the world’s leading convention tourism destination partnership, with the announcement that Madrid is set to become its twelfth member in 2017.

Revealed today (10 January) at PCMA’s Convening Leaders conference in Austin, Texas, the Spanish capital’s Madrid Convention Bureau (MCB) has been accepted as the newest member of the alliance, which also includes Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver.

MCB is expected to become a full partner in spring 2017, following a comprehensive internal review to ensure the city surpasses the highest quality commitments required of all BestCities partners.

BestCities Board Chair, Jonas Wilstrup, Convention Director of Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau said: “Madrid is one of most established and vibrant international conference destinations in the world and we are proud to welcome them into our alliance. The combination of the exceptional work by MCB, supported by the city’s premiere meeting venues, modern infrastructure and rich cultural offering, make it the ideal candidate to join the BestCities family.

Achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence that surpasses our clients’ expectations is at the heart of BestCities offering. Madrid’s preliminary membership not only further strengthens the alliance and its profile in Europe, but will help BestCities build on its ambitions and commitment to help clients create lasting legacies for their organisations and events.

With Madrid ranked fifth in the world by the ICCA International Congress rankings and voted “2016 Best MICE Destination” at the 2016 IBTA Business Travel Awards, MCB is one of the world’s most experienced and successful convention bureaus.  During the last year, the city hosted 14,283 meetings, welcoming over 1 million delegates.

A popular destination for international association meetings, high profile events coming to Madrid in 2017 include the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology ESMO 2017, the European Congress of Medical Oncology EULAR 2017 and the 54th. European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplant Association congress.

David Noack Pérez, Director of Madrid Convention Bureau said: “Madrid is a lively and friendly city where everyone feels at home; at the same time, it offers a safe and comfortable setting where taking time out and doing business are equally enjoyable. Its rich artistic and natural heritage, cutting-edge transport network, quality accommodation, fine cuisine and the passion locals show when enjoying our city’s day and night life make Madrid one of the most attractive cities.

MCB is confident on the fact that becoming a member of BestCities will not only enrich our knowledge as a CB but also that Madrid can for sure enrich the excellent offer for holding events that BestCities represents. Our aim, in short, is to guarantee that in Madrid, each congress held will be a unique and successful experience and this association will contribute on it.

MCBs’ preliminary BestCities membership follows in the footsteps of Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau, who became a full BestCities partner in April last year, the first Latin American bureau to join the high profile alliance.

For more information on BestCities and its upcoming events visit www.bestcities.net  @BestCitiesGA

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COPENHAGEN’S JONAS WILSTRUP STEPS UP AS NEW BESTCITIES CHAIR

April 21, 2016

COPENHAGEN’S JONAS WILSTRUP STEPS UP AS NEW BESTCITIES CHAIR

BestCities Global Alliance, a strategic collaboration between the world’s premier meeting destinations, today (19 April) announced the appointment of Jonas Wilstrup, Convention Director of Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau, as its new Board Chair.

Taking on the baton from Karen Bolinger, Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention Bureau and elected by the BestCities Board, Jonas will play a pivotal role in the Alliance’s ambitious plans for growth, his first appearance as chair being at a breakfast for visiting media at IMEX Frankfurt this morning.

Wilstrup has been running Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau since January 2014, cementing the city’s position as a leading meeting and convention city.  Previously, in his progressive career, Jonas has held positions at the Danish Chamber of Commerce and the Danish Association for Hotels and Restaurants, where his responsibilities included lobbying efforts, eco-labelling and exports.

Alongside senior representatives from the other eleven BestCities convention bureaus – Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver – Wilstrup will be a driving force in positioning the Alliance as an innovative industry leader.

Karen Bolinger, said: “Over the two years, BestCities has refined its offering and value proposition for our clients.  Having forged strategic partnerships and relationships with organisations such as PCMA, Kenes Group and INCON, BestCities has strengthened its position and profile as thought-leaders for both the industry and associations. Thanks to his strong vision and leadership, Jonas is ideally placed to help BestCities build on that success and drive BestCities forward to the next stage in our tactical development.

Jonas says: “BestCities is the biggest and most established Alliance in our field and I look forward to extending our position even further”.  Our Client Advisory Board (CAB), is also providing in-depth insight into association planners’ needs, concerns and industry trends impacting on the way congresses should be planned and run – from the global economy to the impact of Generation Y.  BestCities guarantee our clients well-informed strategic guidance and practical support, delivering lasting legacies, way beyond clocking good delegate numbers and well-known speakers.

Core learnings from our CAB sessions will also shape 2016’s revamped annual client workshop – now known as the BestCities Global Forum – is our most important business development opportunity in the calendar.  Hosted in Dubai this December, the Global Forum will see us team up with our strategic partners, PCMA, offering interactive, educational sessions which help delegates advance the purpose of meetings to ensure longer term legacy development”.

With a number of successful bid wins under our members’ belts this year, the Alliance will continue to build on our strengths, helping associations make partnerships with a multitude of BestCities destinations.  This not only ensures the highest possible quality standards, but will see the benefits left by a congress in one host city, carried forward to the association’s next destination as they learn from best practice.

The BestCities Global Forum will take place from 4-7 December in Dubai.  For more information on BestCities visit www.bestcities.net  @BestCitiesGA

Berlin vernetzt sich mit internationalen Kongressstädten

May 23, 2012

-Pressemitteilung-

Berlin vernetzt sich mit internationalen Kongressstädten
„BestCities Global Alliance“ nimmt deutsche Hauptstadt als volles Mitglied auf

Berlin, 22. Mai 2012 – Berlin ist ab sofort volles Mitglied der „BestCities Global Alliance“. Zu dem Servicenetzwerk internationaler Tagungs- und Kongressmetropolen gehören Dubai, Singapur, Melbourne, Houston, Kopenhagen, Cape Town, Edinburgh, San Juan und Vancouver. Die Mitgliedschaft der deutschen Hauptstadt ebnet den Weg für gemeinsame Marketingaktionen weltweit.

„Die Qualitätsansprüche von ‚BestCities‘ sind hoch und Berlin erfüllt sie voll und ganz“, sagt visitBerlin-Geschäftsführer Burkhard Kieker. „Als Teil dieses starken Netzwerks ist es uns möglich, die deutsche Hauptstadt in neuen Fernmärkten als wichtigen Convention-Player zu etablieren.“

Bereits im Oktober 2011 wurde die vorläufige Mitgliedschaft Berlins bekanntgegeben. Dem ging eine einjährige Bewerbungsphase voraus. Die deutsche Hauptstadt überzeugte dabei mit modernsten Hotels und Locations, sehr guten Verkehrsanbindungen und professioneller Vermarktung als Kongressdestination.

Event-Standort mit Zukunft
Berlin gewinnt als Standort für Großveranstaltungen weiter an Attraktivität. So entsteht bis Ende 2013 auf dem Gelände der ehemaligen Deutschlandhalle ein neuer Kongress- und Messebau, der CityCube Berlin. Er ersetzt vorübergehend das Internationale Congress Centrum ICC Berlin, das ab 2014 komplett geschlossen und saniert wird. Mit der Wiedereröffnung des ICC Berlin hat die Messe Berlin dann nahezu doppelt so viele Kongresskapazitäten.

Diese neuen Kongresskapazitäten steigern Berlins Attraktivität als Standort internationaler Veranstaltungen. Mit dem neuen Hauptstadtflughafen BER wird die deutsche Hauptstadt zukünftig ein bedeutendes Gateway für Zentraleuropa besitzen. Dementsprechend wird auch das Angebot an Langstreckenflügen weiter zunehmen.

Berlin Convention Office von visitBerlin
Das Berlin Convention Office von visitBerlin ist seit elf Jahren das offizielle Kongressbüro der deutschen Hauptstadt und bietet kompetente Unterstützung bei der Organisation von Kongressen, Tagungen und Incentives. Kunden profitieren von der langjährigen Erfahrung des Teams, einem breiten Kontaktnetzwerk sowie der kostenfreien Vermittlung und Buchung von Hotelkontingenten.

Weitere Informationen bietet die Internetseite www.convention.visitBerlin.com.


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