London leaps into international convention top ten list

London has made the biggest leap in this year’s International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) league table, jumping from 15th place to seventh in the space of a year.

Citmagazine.com reports that the English capital hosted 115 international association conventions in 2011, solidifying the city’s reputation as a world class business destination.

Just a year earlier, in 2010 however, the city was flagging behind in 15th – marking only a slight improvement on 2009’s 19th position.

It was then three years ago that London Mayor Boris Johnson vowed to fight for the humble meetings and conference venue industry.

“I said that 19th position in the world rankings was unacceptable and I am delighted we have raised our game,” Mr Johnson said of the new ranking.

“In less than four years London has fought its way back into the premier league of a crucial sector which helps to support and create thousands of jobs for the capital’s economy.”

Mr Johnson added that this year provided event organisers the perfect opportunity to revel in the achievement; possibly even making gains in next year’s league tables. He suggested that any meeting or conference venue in London stands to benefit from this year’s buzz of the Olympics and Jubilee celebrations.

Gordon Innes, chief executive at London & Partners, London’s tourism agency, meanwhile revealed on londonandpartners.com that his organisation will work hard to get London into fifth position when the 2012 rankings are released next year.