By Don Douloff, May 29, 2008
For a second time, Vancouver has been ranked as North America’s top destination for international meetings by The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
In its annual International Association Meeting Market statistics report, Amsterdam-based ICCA ranks cities based on the number of international meetings hosted in the previous year. In 2007, Vancouver hosted 49 meetings, placing it 26th internationally, one place ahead of Montreal and ahead of Toronto (tied for 40th place), New York City (46th), San Diego (tied for 53rd) and Boston (tied for 62nd). In 2006, Vancouver was ranked slightly higher, in 24th position.
“A ranking such as this demonstrates that Vancouver has a strong reputation among international meeting planners,” said Stan Hagen, British Columbia’s minister of tourism, sport and the arts.