Paris is No. 1 for the second consecutive year in rankings compiled by the International Congress and Convention Association based on the number of rotating international association meetings in 2014.
Also among the top-five cities are Vienna, Madrid, Berlin and Barcelona. Hong Kong had one of the biggest improvements in the rankings, jumping up seven spots to No. 16. Amsterdam also showed improvement, climbing four positions to No. 8.
Although the United States did not land a city among the Top 20, it was the leading country for international association meetings followed by Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and France.
Vancouver, Canada, ranked as the leading association destination in North America at No. 38. The top U.S. association meeting cities based on the ICCA rankings were New York City (47), Washington (49) and Boston (63).
“This prestigious ranking truly underscores Vancouver’s strong reputation as a global meetings destination and the appeal of the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre,” says Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “The meetings and conventions business is a vital economic driver for British Columbia’s economy. Congratulations to the Convention Centre, Tourism Vancouver and the entire hospitality community for their continued efforts to attract major international conventions that further propel Vancouver and our province on the world stage.”