BestCities at ICCA Congres 2023

Join 12 our of 13 BestCities partner cities at the ICCA Congress in Bangkok, Thailand from 12 – 15 November:

Monday 13 November

11:00 – 11:30, Campfire session in the Incredible Impacts Zone

DE&I – How Can We Incorporate Inclusion?
Speaker: Shelby Luzzi, Destination D.C. & Loren Christie, Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance

Outline: As we look at social and economic sustainability we will talk about how to incorporate inclusion into your workplace and events. We’ll share best practices including Destination’s DC’s DEI Business Fellowship, which was just awarded the Innovation Award 2023 at the Global Destination Sustainability Forum.  

12:00 – 12:30, Campfire session in the Incredible Impacts Zone

Starting your Sustainability Journey

Speakers: Dr Edward Koh, Executive Director, Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel. Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau & Loren Christie, Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance

Outline: Learn how associations and event organisers can initiate conversations around sustainability with destinations, venues and suppliers. Join this discussion to find out what questions you should be asking.

Tuesday 14 November:

10:30 – 11:00, Campfire session in the Incredible Impacts Zone:

The BestCities Madrid Challenge

Speakers: Loren Christie, Managing Director, BestCities Global Alliance & Nigel Brown, CICS, Director, Marketing & Partnerships, BestCities Global Alliance

Outline: The BestCities Madrid Challenge aims to raise industry standards by promoting impact and sustainability as key elements of organisational and event strategies. Join this session to discuss how to get involved and what it will take for you to join the movement.

13:45 14:15, Plenary session

Incredible Impacts Grant and Award Programme

Discover the Power of Association Meetings: Advocating Legacy and Long-Lasting Impact. Join us for the redefined 7th edition of the Incredible Impacts Programme, where this year three finalists selected will present their extraordinary legacy initiatives at the ICCA Congress in Bangkok. You, the audience, and the judges will jointly select the ultimate winner, who will be awarded an impressive prize of $20,000.

14:45 – 15:15, Campfire session in the Incredible Impacts Zone

From Abstract to Impact: The Power of Journal Data

Moderator: Gary Grimmer, Executive Chairman and Strategic Advisor, GainingEdge
Panellists: Peter Lee (Managing Director, Goyang Convention Visitors and Bureau), Dr Aaron Tham (Author, Business Event Legacies – Website Analysis and a Process Approach), Jon Sivertson, CEO, GainingEdge.

The world’s first International Journal of Business Events and Legacies is emerging as a powerful avenue for insightful, forward-thinking voices from across the global business events landscape. In this dialogue-driven session, Authors will explain their approaches to navigating complex world issues and discuss the impact of journal data on shaping strategic development within today’s rapidly evolving events environment.

Wednesday 15 November

12:30 – 13:00, Plenary Session


Find out who the winner of the $20,000 grant is in the closing session of the ICCA Congress.