BestCities

ICCA and BestCities extend partnership for Incredible Impacts programme

The International Congress and Convention Association and destination global marketing alliance BestCities are to renew their annual Incredible Impacts grant programme for a further three years. The programme, now in its fourth year, is designed to award associations leaving lasting legacies. The partnership will continue to showcase the ‘beyond tourism’ impact of face-to-face meetings, and celebr...

Karen Bolinger appointed MD Asia Pacific for PCMA

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced it has retained Karen Bolinger as Managing Director, Asia Pacific. PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat said that the move to appoint the former Melbourne CVB chief was part of the association’s strategy of building on the anticipated recovery of the business events industry in the region, “As stakeholders in the global busi...

New MD appointed at BestCities

BestCities global marketing alliance has announced Lesley Williams as its new Managing Director. The appointment is effective 1 January, 2020. Williams has been serving as Market Development Director for the past two years. The move follows the recent decision by the consortium to extend the management contract to GainingEdge. Williams takes over from Paul Vallee, who will continue as executive co...

GainingEdge awarded three-year BestCities management contract

Meeting destination network BestCities Global Alliance has extended its management contract with meetings industry consultancy GainingEdge following a competitive bidding process. GainingEdge has been managing the alliance since 2009, and has won a new three-year contract to continue its work. BestCities aims to help international associations and destinations build legacies and expand its global ...

ICCA and BestCities announce 2019 winners of Incredible Impacts grants

ICCA and marketing consortium BestCities Global Alliance have selected three winning associations as part of their Incredible Impacts Programme. The winners, announced at IMEX America this week, are: The European Lung Foundation in conjunction with European Respiratory Society; International AIDS Society and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect were all commended...

How to engage the younger generation

Lesley Williams, Market Development Director of BestCities, discusses how to engage the younger generation ahead of the BestCities Global Forum 2019 in Copenhagen.

BestCities announces RFP for legacy impact measurement

The BestCities Global Alliance destination marketing consortium has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to determine measurement indicators that will help evaluate the socio-economic legacy impacts of business events.

BestCities launches Global Recognition Award programme for associations

BestCities has launched a new Global Recognition Award programme, for associations which have helped deliver positive change.

New Chair for BestCities as Karina Lance steps down

Beverley Williamson, General Manager of Business Development and Bids at Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), has been appointed as Chairperson for the BestCities Global Alliance Strategic Business Development group (SBD). She will take over from Karina Lance of Dubai Tourism, who had been the Chair since May 2017. Williamson (pictured) will bring a wealth of experience, with 25 years in the busines...