HQ #108 / Association Event Legacies

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What clear definition would each of us give to event "legacy"? A congress can provide an important contribution from a social perspective, but these effects are often more indirect in the long term. How do we ascertain and measure them in relation to the previous work done at a conference?
What we have been reporting for our HQ readers since the beginning of this new cycle, is what distinguishes one destination from another, what are the characteristics of its ecosystems and the intellectual baggage of the city for the benefit of a conference! In turn, what approach and direction should the association take to incorporate and impact the local dimension of its event! 
Once these questions have been answered, the realisation of these legacies and social impacts will have a big say in the grand scheme of your events calendar. In this first 2023 issue of HQ Magazine, we tell the story of BestCities 2022 in Vancouver with sustainability as the deciding fact of their operations, asked the Hamburg Tourism Board why they bid for the upcoming International Association of Public Transport (UITP) Summits, and reflect on leadership and diversity with the Committee for European Construction Equipment.
We also dug into how Belfast, Melbourne, Perth and Washington DC view the scientific and social layers of their hosted events, and talked to Euromic about the role of Destination management companies in this transition to a promising future. 
Don't miss all these stories and the different views of our regular contributors on the involvement of their meetings beyond the convention centre and how associations bring the world together.
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