London biggest climber in ICCA rankings

London has jumped to seventh place in ICCA's 2011 world rankings, but its promotion agency London & Partners is hoping the Olympics will help the UK capital secure fifth place in 2012.

London climbed from 15th place in 2010 and 19th in 2009, to 7th in the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) league table, which ranks destinations based on the number of international association conventions hosted.

In 2009, mayor Boris Johnson said ‘London doesn’t do 19th’, and ordered a review of business tourism, chaired by Bob Cotton, then chief executive of the British Hospitality Association.
 
Since then London has attracted major conventions including Sport Accord which attracted more than 1,500 top international sport businesses. In 2011, the capital played host to 115 conferences and conventions.
 
London & Partners name checked the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre and the International Conference Centre at Excel as its key venues
 
Johnson said: "In less than four years London has fought its way back into the premier league of a crucial sector which helps to support and create thousands of jobs for the capital’s economy. I said that 19th position in the world rankings was unacceptable and I am delighted we have raised our game. With the world’s spotlight upon us we have a golden opportunity to showcase why London, with its world class venues and facilities, is the best place to do business."
 
Gordon Innes chief executive at London & Partners added: "When London & Partners was created, our goal was to make London a top 10 convention city by 2015, so hitting the number 7 spot so early is a fantastic achievement and a testament to our convention bureau team.  As the world turns its attention to the capital this summer, London & Partners will implement the next phase of our ambitious, city-wide strategy to move London into the top 5."

As the world turns its attention to the capital this summer, London & Partners will implement the next phase of our ambitious, city-wide strategy to move London into the top five."

Meanwhile, Vienna retained its number one status in the ICCA Rankings and Paris overtook Barcelona to take the number two spot.

The 2011 city rankings
   1. Vienna - 181 meetings
   2. Paris - 174 meetings
   3. Barcelona - 150 meetings
   4. Berlin - 147 meetings
   5. Singapore - 142 meeting
   6. Madrid - 130 meetings
   7. London - 115 meetings
   8. Amsterdam - 114 meetings
   9. Istanbul - 113 meetings
   10. Beijing - 111 meetings
   11. Budapest - 108 meetings
   12. Lisbon - 107 meetings
   13. Seoul - 99 meetings
   14. Copenhagen - 98 meetings and Prague - 98 meetings
   16. Buenos Aires - 94 meetings
   17. Brussels - 93 meetings and Stockholm - 93 meetings
   19. Rome - 92 meetings
   20. Taipei - 83 meetings

The 2011 country rankings
   1. USA - 759 meetings
   2. Germany - 577 meetings
   3. Spain - 463 meetings
   4. UK - 434 meetings
   5. France - 428 meetings
   6. Italy - 363 meetings
   7. Brazil - 304 meetings
   8. China - 302 meetings
   9. Netherlands - 291 meetings
   10. Austria - 267 meetings
   11. Canada 255 meetings
   12. Switzerland - 240 meetings
   13. Japan - 233 meetings
   14. Portugal - 228 meetings
   15. Republic of Korea - 207 meetings
   16. Australia - 204 meetings
   17. Sweden - 195 meetings
   18. Argentina - 186 meetings
   19. Belgium 179 meetings
   20. Mexico - 175 meetings

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