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Tallinn leaps 61 places in meeting rankings

The Estonian capital is a rising star, while Copenhagen and Stockholm battle it out in the top 20.

Tallinn is proving to be a rising star in the world of meetings, leaping ahead by 61 places in the 2017 International Congress and Convention Association rankings.

Released yesterday, the list now puts the Estonian capital in 50th position worldwide, just ahead of Boston and Krakow.

The rankings, based on the number of ICCA meetings held in a city or country during the year, show Tallinn with 46 meetings in 2017, a contrast from exactly half that number in 2016 when the city was ranked 111th.

Kadri Karu, managing director of the Estonian Convention Bureau, attributed the positive results to more event planners finally “discovering” the city.

“They’re always looking for fresh destinations, and when they see that Tallinn is not only a fascinating place but also compact and easy to get around, that really gets them interested. Having high quality hotels and good value for money often seals the deal.”

Estonia’s university hub, Tartu, also had a respectable showing for a city with a population of just 100,000. It came in 119th place with 22 meetings, beating Antwerp, Istanbul and Cambridge.

That is an improvement on the previous year’s 16 meetings, which put Estonia’s second city in 160th place among the world’s conference cities.

Estonia as a whole came in 45th place worldwide, up from 52nd the year prior, making it the ICCA leader among the three Baltic countries.

Top for Nordics
Copenhagen was the top Nordic city in the ICCA list, placing 15th with 115 international association meetings taking place there last year, slightly ahead of Stockholm in 19th with 97 meetings.

But in the country rankings, Sweden in 15th with 255 meetings beat Denmark in 20th with 203.

Barcelona topped the city table in 2017 for the first time since 2004, while the USA topped the country rankings. More information on the highest ranking places for meetings can be seen here.

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