BestCities Destinations Achieve Top Rankings in International Congress and Convention Association’s 2023 Country and City Report

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Singapore, Dublin and Madrid among top 10 cities for meetings hosted in 2023. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has released its Country and City Rankings, and many members of BestCities Global Alliance are near the top of the list. The annual report includes over 10,000 meetings that took place in the calendar year 2023. 

Amid over 332 cities worldwide, Singapore ranked second on ICCA’s list, having hosted 152 meetings in 2023. Rankings for other BestCities partner destinations are: Madrid (#8) with 109 meetings; Dublin (#9) with 104 meetings; Berlin (#12) with 97 meetings; Tokyo (#13) with 91 meetings; Copenhagen (#17) with 87 meetings; Melbourne (#35) and Vancouver (#35), both with 50 meetings; Dubai (#38) with 49 meetings; Cape Town (#50) with 42 meetings; Washington (#84) with 27 meetings; Guadalajara (#212) with 10 meetings; and Houston (#70) with seven meetings. 

Since association meetings are planned over the long term, preparations occur months and even years ahead of the actual event date. The meetings held in 2023 resulted from bidding processes that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re thrilled with the performance of BestCities’ partner destinations on ICCA’s Country and City Rankings, with three cities in the top 10,” said Loren Christie, managing director of BestCities Global Alliance. “By sharing intelligence of association meetings, our members help to boost bid wins across the alliance. This collaboration resulted in BestCities destinations hosting an impressive number of meetings that were planned during a global pandemic, and I’m confident that, continuing forward, we will continue to see our rankings rise.” 

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