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Paris regains top spot in ICCA rankings

French capital named most popular city for 2016, while London maintains top 5 position

Pictured: Paris has been named number 1 in the 2016 ICCA rankings

Paris has been named the most popular destinations for association meetings while London maintained its top 5 spot, in the latest global ranking from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

The French capital beat Berlin to reclaim top spot - last held in 2014 - after hosting 196 meetings last year. It was followed by Vienna in second place (186 meetings), Barcelona in third (181) and Berlin in fourth position (176) while London rounded out the top 5 with 153 events last year, maintaining its position from 2015.

Some of the major congresses that took place in the capital included the European League Against Rheumatology’s and the European Respiratory Society’s which, combined, drew in tens of thousands of delegates.

Suzanne Singleton, head of associations at London & Partners, said: "The ICCA rankings are a key indicator of a city's success in the meetings and events sector and we are very proud that London has maintained its position in the top 5. This result highlights the important collaboration with our partners across the city."

The only non-European cities on the top 10 list are Singapore, which came in at number 6, and Seoul, at number 10. Amsterdam and Madrid tied seventh with 144 meetings apiece, while Lisbon was number 9.

Edinburgh broke into a top 30 spot after moving eight places to number 27 - the highest for the Scottish capital in a decade. It comes after Edinburgh hosted 76 meetings in 2016, including the likes of the Autism-Europe Congress and the Congress of the European Society of Agronomy, equating to more than £35 million in economic impact for the city.

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