Barcelona sees off Vienna in this year’s ICCA rankings

Barcelona and Paris have received a boost from the latest ICCA statistics, which see the Catalan city bounce back to the top of the international associations meetings rankings and the French capital making its return to the top ten. The rankings compared international cities that organised ten or more meetings in 2004. Spanish Tourist Office director Ignacio Vasallo attributed Barcelona’s success to its continuous promotional efforts at trade shows and its direct marketing campaigns targeting UK C&I agencies and corporate buyers. "Attending Imex, Confex, EIBTM and our own show, Steps, along with direct marketing work, have led to an increase in UK groups coming to Barcelona," he said. Paris rose from 12th place to seventh, returning to the top ten for the first time since 2001. Maison de la France conferences and incentives department head Rachel Sobel said: "ICCA’s methodology is different from the Union of International Associations, which has placed Paris at number one for the past 23 years. However, it is very pleasing that Paris has risen to seventh place. We have a well-organised convention bureau there and its marketing efforts, combined with the promotional activities from Disneyland Paris, Eurostar, Accor and Concorde Hotels, have paid off." Athens’ Olympics boost was also evident as the Greek capital came in 20th, compared with 46th last year. Asia’s cities also climbed the rankings, with Hong Kong rising to fifth from 18th; Beijing came 11th from 34th and Kuala Lumpur 14th from 21st. Ranking and meetings per city 1 (2) Barcelona 105 2 (1) Vienna 101 3 (3) Singapore 99 4 (6) Berlin 90 5 (18) Hong Kong 86 6 (8) Copenhagen 76 7 (12) Paris 75 8 (5) Lisbon 67 9 (4) Stockholm 64 (9) Budapest 64 11 (34) Beijing 58 (13) Amsterdam 58 13 (16) Seoul 53 14 (21) Kuala Lumpur 51 15 (10) Madrid 49 16 (11) Prague 47 17 (18) Bangkok 46 18 (6) Helsinki 45 19 (18) London 44 20 (46) Athens 39

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