Cambridge leap in world conference venue rankings
International convention chiefs have handed Cambridge a massive boost as a world-class conference venue.
The 2014 City & World Rankings Report released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) show that the city has shot up the world and European league tables for events held in 2014.
Cambridge has gone from 182nd in the world to 101st and from 95th to 58th in Europe.
Arguably the most impressive increase is in the UK where Cambridge has now made it into the top five cities – in fifth position behind London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester. In 2013 it was eighth.
The rankings are based on the total of international association meetings held year on year, up 38 per cent in 2014 versus the previous year and the number of delegates, which show a 43 per cent increase for the same period.
Judith Sloane, deputy manager at Conference Cambridge said: “We are delighted with these latest rankings – to be fifth most popular UK destination for conferences and events behind our major cities is a great achievement.
“The improvement in our global and European positions is also excellent and we will continue to build on this success by developing our service and in particular our conference ambassador programme in the hope that even more international associations will bring their events to the city in the future.
“These figures reinforce the feedback that we receive from event organisers and delegates who appreciate the range of venues we can offer for events of all sizes and budgets, together with the unique experience that the city and its environs offers visitors.
“Cambridge is very accessible from all over the world and our academic setting, our proximity to scientific and technological hubs together with a wealth of social programme options such as walking tours and punting on the River Cam make Cambridge a compelling destination that is clearly reflected in the report.”