Held An International Conference? Let Us Know!

Published: 28 May 2018

Have you held, or are due to hold, a conference in 2018 which is run by an International or European Association on an international rotation and involves 50+ delegates? Then please let us know so we can maintain Edinburgh’s ranking as a world class conference destination and continue to attract international conferences.

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As the City Convention Bureau, we collate information for the annual worldwide ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) Rankings. The rankings determine the world’s leading business event destinations based on the number of meetings held in the city that year. Therefore, in order to maintain Edinburgh’s status as a leading destination, we require input from everyone who has brought an International Association event to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh placed 32nd in the recently released 2017 rankings, reporting 70 international meetings with 50+ delegates. This is a drop on 2016 when the city placed 27th with 77 events, however still maintaining our UK placing second only to London.

Amanda Ferguson, Head of Business Tourism at Marketing Edinburgh, commented:

Convention Edinburgh reports on meetings which we support, however, many international conferences take place in the city without our knowledge. Academics often book and organise qualifying events without our knowledge – they don’t always need our support. By sharing this information with us, you are helping re-enforce Edinburgh’s position as a leading conference destination which helps attract future conferences.


If you would like to put an event forward, please contact Alex Moore, Research Executive at Marketing Edinburgh.


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