2015 ICCA world rankings name BestCities destinations

Kate Webster

BestCities Global Alliance congratulates Berlin on its ranking as world leader in this year’s annual statistics report from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

BestCities has reaffirmed its position as the leading strategic global destination alliance, with Singapore and Copenhagen also listed in the top 10 and ten of the Alliance partners placing in the top 60.

This ICCA ranking is one of the most important indicators of success in the meetings industry, with strong influence on the awarding of major congresses, positioning the alliance and its partners strongly for a successful year ahead.

Four of BestCities partners climbed places from 2014, including Berlin Convention Office (BCO), which was named number one meetings destination in 2015 for the first time.

With 195 events hosted last year, Berlin surpassed both Paris (186) and Barcelona (180), followed by Vienna, Madrid and London. Singapore, another of BestCities partners also topped the charts at number seven with the most events outside Europe (156), followed by Copenhagen who climbed three places to a top ten world ranking.

Cape Town held onto its spot as the number one destination in Africa, hosting 54 meetings in the past year, while Vancouver climbed nine places to a global ranking of 29.

BestCities managing director, Paul Vallee, said the results demonstrate the impact that BestCities and our partners have on the global meetings industry.

“With 926 meetings hosted last year, our Alliance continues to grow and build loyalty with association clients around the world,” Vallee added.