World cities ranked by attractiveness for international conventions

Index scores cities in categories such as association community, destination appeal and air access.

A report that ranks cities of the world by their strengths in attracting international conventions has been produced by Gaining Edge and launched by ICCA in Dubai.

The index aims to provide cities with an idea of how strong they are compared with other cities and therefore how much convention business they should be attracting.

Paris was a clear winner, scoring consistently highly in categories such as convention facilities, hotel offer and destination appeal.

"The Competitive Index is not an attempted measure of ‘the best’ or the ‘most successful’ international convention destinations," said the report. "Many factors go into customer decision making about what destinations are best suited to their needs.

"Rather, the index is an assessment of how destinations compare, in general, in terms of the strength of their product offering as well as other factors that impact on destination selection."

London came in at 13th, behind Beijing and Amsterdam, but was top on air access. It can be reached by Gatwick, Heathrow and London City Airport, as well as Stansted and Luton.

The cities were scored on the following categories: Convention facilities, hotel offer, air access, association community, cost, destination appeal, logistics, market (population), economy, business environment and safety & stability.  

The index ranks the 54 cities that ICCA lists as having hosted 150 or more international conventions between 2015 and 2017.  

The top 20 most competitive cities (with overall score) are:

  1. Paris - 780.0
  2. Washington - 740.9
  3. Barcelona - 736.1
  4. New York - 730.0
  5. Boston - 717.3
  6. Singapore - 715.8
  7. Istanbul - 714.2
  8. Toronto - 709.9
  9. Tokyo - 708.0
  10. Berlin - 703.6
  11. Beijing - 682.6
  12. Amsterdam - 678.3
  13. London - 675.4
  14. Hong Kong - 672.8
  15. Bangkok - 672.7
  16. Kuala Lumpur - 665.8
  17. Vienna - 650.0
  18. Milan - 643.9
  19. Madrid - 642.4
  20. Rome - 622.2

You can find the full International Convention Destination Competitive Index here.

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