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  • Hybrid City Alliance Grows to Include Another Canadian Destination

    A second Canadian city has joined the Hybrid City Alliance, a global coalition of destinations working to organize safe in-person and virtual events. Edmonton is one of eight new members. Others include Antwerp, Belgium; Cannes, France; Durban, South Africa; Seoul, South Korea; Sydney, Australia; and Lausanne-Montreux and Zurich, Switzerland. They join co-founders The Hague; Geneva; the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague; and Ottawa, expanding the alliance’s reach to now include destinations across five continents. “(We are) proud to be…

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  • BCIT Centre for Ecocities Internationally Recognized for Impact of 2019 Event

    Ecocity Builders and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Ecocity Centre are the recipients of the 2020 Incredible Impacts Award in recognition of an event they hosted that excelled in areas such as sustainability, accessibility and ecology. The announcement was made Sept. 24, by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the BestCities Global Alliance. “There’s never been a more important time to showcase the major milestones our industry can overcome, and we hope this year’s winners provide…

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  • ICCA and BestCities team up for Incredible Impacts Programme

    ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance launched the new ICCA Incredible Impacts Programme during an ICCA Member Plenary Session on 15 May, the Monday before IMEX. The Programme celebrates the “beyond tourism” value of international association meetings. The new programme creates a powerful platform to advocate on the positive societal impact of international association meetings. Incredible Impacts Grants are awarded to associations to encourage communication of the true value of their meetings. To apply for a grant, associations must demonstrate a…

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  • Montreal named most popular city for international conventions, reports the ICCA

    Montreal is back on top as the city having hosted the most international conventions in all of North America, according to the Country and City 2016 rankings released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Montreal finished ahead of destinations like Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Chicago and Washington with 76 events held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the universities and the city’s hotels. These events attracted nearly 37,000 business travellers and delegates to the city – 21 per…

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  • ICCA announces all-time record number of association meetings in 2016

    The number of international association meetings continues to double every ten years. Paris reclaims the top spot in the 2016 city ranking. ICCA captured 12,212 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2016, which is clearly an all-time record for ICCA’s annual snapshot of immediate past year’s meetings data, and 136 additional meetings compared to 2015. More than five decades of doubling every ten years This was another decade of great success for the sector as ICCA identifies more than…

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  • ICCA captures record number of international association meetings taking place in 2015

    Rankings released: Canada now in top 10 country ranking ICCA captured a record number of 12,076 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2015, the largest number of association meetings collected in the year after the meetings took place ever, and 571 additional meetings compared to 2014. These numbers reconfirm the consistent growth pattern in the association meetings market as identified in ICCA’s 50-year report. The ICCA Association Database now includes 20,000 regularly occurring meeting series, 220,000 meeting editions and…

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  • Halifax Convention Centre wins international Best Marketing Award

    ICCA announced Halifax Convention Centre as the winner of this year’s ICCA Best Marketing Award at the closing ceremony of the record-breaking 54th ICCA Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Halifax had a very creative solution to a very real challenge: How to promote and sell a product that did not exist? They did so in a very novel and creative way, engaging with their customers and achieving significant results,” says Best Marketing Award Chairman of the judging panel Patrick Delaney.…

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  • ICCA releases most popular cities and countries for association meetings

    Paris and Barcelona top the city charts For the first time ICCA publishes country and city rankings by estimated total number of participants in 2014, as part of its public abstract of the ICCA statistics report, aimed at international associations. Like in the city ranking by number of meetings, Paris is ranked first, with an estimated total of 130,516 participants visiting 214 association meetings in 2014, closely followed by Barcelona (fifth in the city ranking by number of meetings with…

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  • ICCA publishes guidelines on crisis management for associations and meetings management companies

    In cooperation with Safehotels Alliance, ICCA has launched a new white paper designed for association executives and meetings management companies to plan, prepare, manage, and recover from any crisis situation. The objective of crisis management is to develop structured solutions to crisis and emergency situations by allocating and utilising effective resources to ensure minimal impact to people, reputation and assets in this order of priority. The new white paper does not only provide crisis management direction and guidelines to association…

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  • International associations anticipate strong meetings growth in 2014

    Another generally positive performance by association meetings in 2013 has created the foundations for significantly stronger future growth, according to respondents to a survey carried out by IMEX and ICCA amongst the attendees from this year’s IMEX Association Day in Frankfurt. The results from the latest annual survey jointly carried out by ICCA and the IMEX Group into how major international association meetings are faring, continue to paint a very positive picture for this most resilient sector in the meetings…

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