19 May 2011
The 2010 figures, which were published in an initial summary report, were issued by the International Congress & Convention Association late last week. The full report will be released next month.
The figures highlight London's upward journey on the annual association's rankings which also boosted the UK's overall position to 4th globally. London's move of two places in the worldwide ranking from 16th - 14th from 2009 figures is calculated by a number of eligible meetings per city. London's place in 2008 was 19th.
Becky Graveney, Head of Associations at London & Partners (the official convention bureau for London) commented: "We're very pleased with the advance on the ICCA city rankings. London and Partners' objective was to ensure that London reaches the top 10 within the next 5 years, so we're well on target for that ambition and we hope to see more of a jump now we have major city benefits such as the opening of London's first ICC at ExCeL and so many more hotels and venues which are opening due to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Since its opening in 2010, London & Partners has fully supported London's first ICC at ExCeL London. Its creation signified a new chapter in London's offer as a global events and business destination, enabling the capital to compete with other major world and European cities to win more large conferences and association events in the future.
James Rees, director of Conferences & Events at ExCeL London, said: "This is fantastic news for the capital. Within six months of opening, the ICC had confirmed contracts for international congresses worth an economic boost of £400million to London, and we will contribute in excess of £1.6bn to the local economy in 2011. Voted the "World's Leading Meetings and Conference Centre" at the World Travel Awards, we have 42 future congresses already confirmed and a further 50 at various stages of bidding. As one of Europe's premier convention centres, the launch of the ICC London ExCeL has marked a new era and opportunity for the city and the UK's business tourism industry and we are just beginning to see some of the benefits its addition to London brings."
London & Partners has a dedicated team in place to assist associations bringing their events to London and in the last 18 months have helped a number of key associations to come to London including International Downtown Association, Excellence in Paediatrics International Conference and the World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion.
As well as advice and guidance there is a whole range of bespoke association's tools on offer from London & Partners' Associations team including: a free London Associations Directory, marketing toolkit and a bi-annual association e-newsletter.
The annual ICCA "International Association Meetings Market" statistics present an in-depth evaluation of trends in the international meetings industry. The association conventions reviewed by the ICCA must have at least 50 attendees, be regular events and take place alternately in at least three different countries. Founded in 1963, the International Congress & Convention Association ICCA is based in Amsterdam and has been collecting data on association events world-wide since 1972.