Istanbul has managed to strengthen its position in the top 10 of ICCA ranking. According to the 2013 ICCA data, Istanbul has secured the 8th position in the top 10 ICCA Rankings. ICCA stands for “International Congress and Convention Association” and has recently announced Rankings for cities and countries for the year 2013.
The new data released has presented certain facts; Istanbul rose at 8th position as it hosted 146 congresses in 2013 pointing to a 14% rise in comparison to 2012 in which 128 events were held. While considering an alternative option, if hosting more than 300 guests are considered, Istanbul will surpass its contemporaries like Paris, Berlin and London by securing 1st position.
The data states that Istanbul hosted 80 important congresses in 2013 each having more than 300 guests. On the other hand Singapore hosted 70, while Paris hosted 73 congresses. Berlin stood at 64 congresses and London managed 63. Istanbul hosted 49 congress events where more than 500 delegates attended the conference. Meanwhile, Paris hosted 41, Singapore hosted 44, and Berlin managed 37 in 2013.
ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said that like always, their members and researchers have identified that the international association sector has been growing strongly over the last year, as has been the case during the last few years of worldwide economic uncertainty.
He mentioned the following points which again highlighted Istanbul’s strength in hosting international events. These events for dignitaries are crucial in every possible manner.
- Almost all the international organisations have a statutory duty which directs them to meet on a regular basis. Accordingly their annual and biannual main congresses have become more and more “mission critical” for their members and stakeholders.
- Secondly, the economic strength in some regions of the world has triggered stimulating growth so these meetings are regionally rotating particularly in regions like Asia and Latin America, but they now also see that this trend has started to emerge in regions such as Africa and the Middle East.
- Lastly, Association congresses are to a large extent driven by healthcare, scientific and technological advances, and we all are living in an era where the accelerated expansion of discovery and innovation is at an unprecedented level, which is creating entirely new associations and events to share insight into and develop new business from this new developed knowledge.
Besides hosting congresses, Istanbul is a popular tourist destination which has helped to augment the number of congresses held by them. The tourism industry of Istanbul is flourishing and the increase in the number of tourists is evidence for Istanbul being a place to unravel great history and culture.