City strengthens status as world conference destinationFigures released today, Monday 13th May, by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) have revealed that Edinburgh has once again strengthened its position as one of the world’s most successful conference destinations.
Scotland’s Capital outperformed other leading international destinations including Shanghai, Geneva and Toronto to take 33rd position in the world rankings league - one of only two UK cities to be featured in the top 50, the other being London at number 6. The top three places went to Vienna, Paris and Berlin, respectively.
Glasgow (68th) and Manchester (78th) were the only other two UK cities to appear in the top 100 of the annual report, which analyses meeting trends across six continents and more than 90 countries.
During 2012, Edinburgh hosted 67 internationally classified events recognised by ICCA criteria, fifteen more events than in 2011.
Sue Stuart, Operations Director of Marketing Edinburgh, said: “This is great news for the city of Edinburgh and testament to the hard work of everyone involved. The increase in our ranking demonstrates the importance of business tourism, not only in economic terms, but also its value in promoting the city world-wide as a top international conference destination.
“Pivotal to Edinburgh’s position in the world rankings is its ability to attract conferences associated with its ever expanding centres of excellence particularly in the field of life-sciences. “
Councillor Frank Ross, Economy Convener, City of Edinburgh Council, said: "This is further evidence that Edinburgh is continuing to punch above its weight internationally as a major conference destination. Facilities in the city are world class, particularly with the recent extension and upgrade to the EICC. Connectivity continues to improve with the upgrades to both Waverley and Haymarket rail hubs and the increased number of direct flights to Edinburgh. It also underlines the work done by the Capital Coalition to ensure that business tourism is given due prominence and the city is promoted to the wider world."
Conferences attracting over 55,000 delegates and worth more than £84.4million of economic benefit to the local economy have been won for the city in the twelve month period from April last year – an increase of £10million compared with 2011-12.