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Associations receive first Incredible Impact Grants for legacy work

Thrombosis, physical therapy, and Parkinson’s organisations secure $7,500 grants

From left to right: Martin Sirl (ICCA), Tracy Bury (WCPT), Pat Davies (WPC) and Paul Vallee (BestCities)

Three international associations who installed legacy as a central plank of their organisation’s activity have received grants of US$7,500 to help them achieve their goals.

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and the World Parkinson’s Coalition (WPC), are the first winners of Incredible Impact Grants, supported by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Best Cities Alliance.

In a session called ‘A celebration of the beyond tourism impact’, representatives from all three organisations presented their work at the ICCA Congress, in Prague, Czech Republic.

They outlined a variety of ways in which they had achieved lasting benefit for their constituency, including public outreach programmes, bursaries, and public awareness  campaigns.

Tracy Bury, WCPT director of public policy, encouraged associations to work with host destinations to ensure their meetings delivered the maximum amount of good both locally and more widely.

She said: “We put legacy in our RFPs (requests for proposals), in fact there’s a whole section dedicated to it, it is now part of our decision-making process, and I would urge associations to have that conversation right from the beginning with destinations. We worked very closely on legacy with Cape Town on our last congress, held earlier this year, and they were great partners.”

Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities, said: “Given this is Year One of the Incredible Impacts Programme, the standard of entries truly surpassed our expectations. Our winning associations should be congratulated on not only winning the grants, but also being an advocate and leader in the meeting industry."

“We hope the Incredible Impacts Grant has helped shine a light on ways associations can incorporate innovative thinking and good practice into their future events, demonstrating the sometimes simple ways that this can be successfully achieved.

“I am particularly pleased to see a strong BestCities connection with our winners. The ISTH is hosting its next Congress in Melbourne in 2019 – one of our partner cities – and WCPT and WPC will both be attending the BestCities Global Forum in Tokyo this December.” 

Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA, said: “This inaugural year generated a volume of interest from both associations and ICCA members that was beyond our expectations, and the winning projects are truly outstanding.” 

“I’m sure this is the start of something really special, and Incredible Impacts will inspire many other associations to either share their great stories, or to initiate similar projects.  We’ve always believed that the “beyond tourism” impact of international association meetings is far more valuable than the more easily understood delegate expenditure impact: now we are starting to accumulate the evidence that we’ve been searching for!”

“I’m really looking forward to an even larger number of inspirational entries next year, as news of this programme spreads across the association meetings community.” 


  • M Teresa Santos of EMLTD 26/11/2017

    I congratulate you for this interesting initiative!.
    How Associations can apply for these grants?
    The European and Mediterranean League against Thrombotic Diseases with similar aims than the ISTH will celebrate the 50th anniversary congress in Venice 2018 and it may be interesting to know

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