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ICCA REPORTJune 2012 . . 33 his year's ICCA rankings have been a mixed bag of movers and shakers. The rankings profi le meetings organised by international associations which take place on a regular basis and which rotate between a minimum of three countries.In London's Olympic year its status in the rankings means more positivity for the capital's meetings market. Up the ranks The 2011 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) global rankings were published in May. Vikki Carley reports on the resultsLondon was the biggest climber in the top 20 city rankings, moving from 14th place to seventh with 115 qualifying meetings. Vienna retained its number one status in the city rankings, and following it Paris overtook Barcelona in the second and third place battle. Beijing led the way among the fast growing BRIC destinations by climbing from 12th to 10th place.In the country rankings the top 10 countries showed little change, with the top six repeating their rankings, led by the USA, Germany and Spain. The Netherlands and Austria appeared in ninth and 10th place respectively, taking the place of Switzerland, which dropped from 10th to 12th, and Japan, which in the aftermath of cancellations due to the earthquake and tsunami, T234567891011121314151617181920Mexico175Belgium179Argentina186Sweden195Australia204Rep. of Korea207228Germany577Spain463United Kingdom434France428Italy363Brazil304China302Netherlands291Austria267Canada255Switzerland240Japan233Portugal1United States of AmericaNumber of meetings in the top 20 countries of 2011 - total 10,070759

ICCA REPORT34 . . June 2012June in the global meetings industry. "We've seen consistent annual growth in the number of these meetings throughout the last few years of global economic instability, something no other sector can claim, even though we're also hearing about increasing challenges in raising sponsorship among a sizeable minority of organisers." understandably dropped from seventh to 13th position.The USA saw by far the biggest jump in the number of events held, up by 136 to a new record 759 meetings.ICCA is reporting a year of continued strength in this market sector. In total, more than 10,000 regularly occurring association events were identifi ed by ICCA members as having taken place in 2011, over 800 more than identifi ed the previous year.ICCA's CEO, Martin Sirk, told CN: "There are always going to be short-term competitive changes to annual rankings, some caused by external factors and some by marketing successes."The most important thing to note is that international association meetings continue to be in tremendously good health when compared with the overall situation Number of meetings in the top 20 cities of 2011 - total 10,119234567891011121314161719201741501471421301151141131111081079998989493939283ParisBarcelonaBerlinSingaporeMadridAmsterdamLondonIstanbulBeijingBudapestLisbonSeoulPragueCopenhagenBuenos AiresBrusselsStockholmRomeTaipeiVienna1181