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Incredible Impacts Programme 2018: World Down Syndrome Congress

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 each years determines which meetings have proven impact to award three grants of USD 7,500 on behalf of BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA. In 2018, Down Syndrome […]

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Jane Cunningham attends ICCA Congress 2018

How to Get on the Incredible Impacts Programme

Jane Cunningham, Director of International Associations at BestCities breaks down this year’s Incredible Impacts winners.

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Universal Accessibility in Meetings

“Universal Accessibility in Meetings,” is a research study by three project partners – BestCities Global Alliance (BestCities), GainingEdge and Rehabilitation International (RI Global). The goal of this research project is to promote awareness among meeting organizers and the supplier community on the need to remove barriers in meetings and conventions for delegates with disabilities. The study also includes some recommendations on how destinations can make the business events they host more inclusive.

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Melbourne Case Study:56th Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Conference on Decision and Control 2017

The CDC was held in Melbourne during December 2017 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) connecting an international community of over 1,330 researchers, practitioners and students in the field of automatic control.

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Case Study: World Confederation for Physical Therapy

In November last year, ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance announced the winners of their first Incredible Impacts Programme. A number of associations entered the programme, showcasing their unique and innovative approaches to ensuring their events go beyond tourism. Winning one of the three $7,500 grants was the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).

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Case Study: World Parkinson Congress

Last year ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance announced the winners of their first Incredible Impacts Programme. A number of associations entered the programme, showcasing their unique and innovative approaches to ensuring their events go beyond tourism. TheWorld Parkinson Coalition was one of the three winners which secured a grant of US $7,500 for its work on the World Parkinson Congress.

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Creating Productive Cross-Cultural Relationships

In this article guest speaker, Miriam van der Horst, shares her cultural experiences in Japan and key take-aways of her presentations on Cultural Intelligence at the BestCities Global Forum 2017 in Tokyo.

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Case Study: The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH)

On 14 November last year, ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance announced the winners of their first Incredible Impacts Programme. A number of associations entered the programme, showcasing their unique and innovative approaches to ensuring their events go beyond tourism. Securing one of the three $7,500 grants was The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) for its World Thrombosis Day Campaign.

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