New Zealand has slipped from 48th place to 51st in the world in relation to the number of international association meetings it hosted in 2012, according to the latest International Congress & Convention Association rankings. The drop is despite hosting one more association meeting in 2012 that fits ICCA’s strict criteria than it did in 2011.

New Zealand has slipped from 48th place to 51st in the latest International Congress & Convention Association rankings for 2012 despite hosting one more association meeting that fits the organisation’s strict criteria than it did in 2011.

Wellington jumped from 176th place in the world (hosting 13 international meetings) from 273rd place in 2011 (hosting seven international meetings) while Auckland dropped from 99th place (in 2011) to 125th for 2012.  In 2012 Auckland hosted 18 international association meetings compared to 22 in 2011.

Despite tougher global competition Australia has not only retained its standing among the top 20 countries for hosting international meetings but strengthened its position, climbing from 19th to 13th.

According to ICCA, Australia hosted 253 meetings that fit its criteria in 2012 – 49 more than 2011.

Sydney was named Australia’s number one city, hosting 86 meetings, up from 34th position (57 meetings) in 2011. Melbourne slipped from 31st place in 2011 (62 meetings) to 39th (54 meetings) while Brisbane shot up 31 places to rank 56th, hosting 40 meetings (compared to 24 in 2011).

Perth now ranks 100th best in the world, hosting 22 meetings, after ranking 132nd in 2011 (hosting 16 meetings).

Other Australian cities on the list include Cairns (134th place with 17 meetings), Adelaide (142nd place with 16 meetings), Canberra (263rd place with eight meetings), and the Gold Coast (286th place with seven meetings).

The top five in the world were: USA (833 meetings), Germany (649 meetings), Spain (550 meetings), UK (477 meetings), and France (469 meetings).

China slipped from eighth to 10th despite hosting more meetings in 2012 (311) than it did in 2011 (302).

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