Istanbul has been ranked 8th in the Top 10 of ICCA Rankings, according to the 2013 data.
ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, announced 2013 Rankings for cities and countries. Istanbul uplifted its position in the Top 10 of rankings.
According to the data released by ICCA, Istanbul has been ranked 8th with 146 congresses in 2013. Turkey has been ranked 18th with 221 congresses and has taken place in Top 20 for the first time and 10th in Europe. This result points to a 14 % rise comparing to 2012 in which 128 events were held. If congresses with more than 300 and 500 guests are taken into account, Istanbul ranked 1st leaving capitals like Paris, Berlin and London behind.
Istanbul hosted 80 important congresses in 2013 with more than 300 guests while Paris hosted 73, Singapore 70, Berlin 64 and London 63. Moreover, Istanbul hosted 49 events with delegates above 500. Singapore hosted 44, Paris 41 and Berlin 37 in 2013.
ICVB General Manager Elif Balcı Fisunoğlu said, "According to the results on 2013 results, Istanbul ranked at 8th place of the world’s most popular congress destination. Istanbul, which was listed in the Top 10 for the third consecutive year, strengthens its position in the Top 10 at world meetings industry. Istanbul has 18 more congresses compare to 2012 by hosting 146 congresses and conventions in 2013."
"Istanbul, which is ambitious for hosting congresses over 300 and 500 delegates, has been ranked as the world's most popular city to host large-scale conferences in 2011 and 2012" added Mrs. Fisunoğlu.
ICCA CEO Martin Sirk commented: “Once more our members and researchers have identified that the international association sector has been growing strongly over the last year, as has been the case throughout the last few years of global economic uncertainty. Why is this so?”
“Firstly, almost all international associations have a statutory duty to meet on a regular basis, and their annual or biannual main congresses have become increasingly “mission critical” for their communities of members and stakeholders.”
“Secondly, economic strength in certain regions of the world is stimulating growth in regionally rotating association meetings, particularly in Asia and Latin America, but we now also see this trend starting to emerge in regions such as Africa and Middle East.”
"And thirdly, association congresses are to a large extent driven by scientific, healthcare and technological advances, and we are continuing to live in an era where the accelerated expansion of discovery and innovation is at an unprecedented level, creating entirely new associations and events to share insight into and develop new business from this new knowledge.”