London climbs one place in annual ICCA rankings

London has climbed one place to sixth in International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) latest world city rankings, whilst Paris retains its top spot ahead of Vienna.

London climbs one place in annual ICCA rankings
London climbs one place in annual ICCA rankings

ICCA’s annual statistics, which detail the most popular destinations for association meetings, sees Paris retain top rank above both Vienna and Madrid.

London moved up one position to sixth place, failing to acheive its pre-Olympic target of breaking into the top 5 for a second year running. Singapore, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Prague followed closely behind.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said: "What was striking in this year’s exercise is actually the very large number of meetings we identified over the last twelve months for the year 2013 – more than 600 meetings were identified worldwide, and we’re pretty certain we’ll have equal success in finding more qualifying 2014 meetings over the next twelve months."

Edinburgh achieved its highest ranking since 2010, moving up nine places to 31. Convention Edinburgh explained that 2014/15 has been one of the most successful years in the organisation’s history with a record total of 208 new events, including the European Society for Clinical Cell Analysis and the International Conference on Ocean Energy, both set to take place in 2016.

The events are predicted to see more than 65,000 delegates visit the Scottish capital and will generate an estimated £91.5m to the local economy.

ICCA Rankings - top 10 cities:

  1. Paris
  2. Vienna
  3. Madrid
  4. Berlin
  5. Barcelona
  6. London
  7. Singapore
  8. Amsterdam
  9. Istanbul
  10. Prague

ICCA Rankings - top 10 countries:

  1. USA
  2. Germany 
  3. Spain
  4. UK
  5. France
  6. Italy 
  7. Japan
  8. China
  9. Netherlands
  10. Brazil

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European hotels make comeback in 2014

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