ICCA members voting during the Best Marketing Award session at last year's ICCA Congress in Dubai.
AMSTERDAM - Three organisations will be pitting their creative juices against one another live at the ICCA Congress in Houston come Oct 29, as they vie to be the 22nd winner of the prestigious ICCA Best Marketing Award.
The Estonian Convention Bureau, International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, and Convention Bureau Italia have emerged as the finalists of the esteemed award.
On top of a detailed evaluation by an expert panel which includes past winners, the award finalists will be judged by a live audience made up of industry colleagues and competitors during a dedicated plenary session at this month's ICCA Congress.
The winner is announced during the ICCA Congress' Closing Ceremony.
Established in 1997, the ICCA Best Marketing Award recognises the excellence and outstanding achievements of organisations in their effort to market their destination or product. The award is sponsored by Northstar Travel Group's The Meetings Show.
Entries are open to ICCA members from all sectors and geographical regions and are diverse in content: submissions can range from full scale campaigns and branding exercises to individual promotions and events.
Estonian Convention Bureau: "Go Wild, Choose Estonia!"
A creative storytelling destination marketing campaign from a small convention bureau, Estonia aimed with their campaign to create a national brand image and maximise return-on-investment with a limited marketing budget. The main challenge Estonia had to solve is that, as a country, they are still relatively unfamiliar to international audiences. To build an image for themselves, most convention bureaus take advantage of brand identities created by their national tourist boards; however, Estonia does not have a relevant national brand image with which it could work.
To overcome this and raise awareness and visibility of the destination and generate business requests for the convention bureau and its members, Estonia Convention Bureau created its own brand image on a very limited marketing budget. By proactively communicating authentic and unique experiences that can be enjoyed in Estonia, they focused on creating and curating engaging content.
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney): "It's Showtime!"
Designed to communicate their launch as a new venue, ICC Sydney's integrated, multi-channel campaign announced to the world: "We are open for business!". Introducing Australia's new A$1.5 billion convention, exhibition and live entertainment venue, with a solid pipeline of over 500 events secured, the launch was successful and strong. Delivered via multiple communication platforms, the campaign aided in supercharging brand awareness, building the venue's reputation and attracting critical event bookings across a variety of market segments and geographical areas.
Underpinning the campaign's success was the creation of a powerful network of esteemed local and global advocates - from ministers and heads of business to senior community members - which enabled ICC Sydney to quickly build trust and demonstrate its positive impact on both the industry and its stakeholders.
Convention Bureau Italia: "Italy at Hand"
Spearheaded by Convention Bureau Italia, their Italy at Hand project aimed to involve the entire Italian meetings industry.
Five years ago, Convention Bureau Italia was founded to provide a practical solution to an urgent request by some of the most important Italian destinations, congress centres and trade associations. Italy at Hand is Convention Bureau Italia's marketing campaign which aims to involve the entire Italian meetings industry in creating widespread interest in the sector and recognition by target audiences.
Convention Bureau Italia were united by a simple and powerful concept: Hand-in-hand, we win together! The first Italian campaign entirely dedicated to the meetings industry, Italy at Hand started with a communication campaign and video and extended to a live B2B event, bringing together the major players in the Italian meetings industry.