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Congress ranking: Vienna serenely maintains first place world-wide
(5/20/2010)

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For the fifth time in succession, Vienna has headed the statistics of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA): the Austrian capital has retained first place unchallenged in the ranking for 2009 just published. Las year Vienna notched up a total of 160 international congresses, followed by Barcelona (135) and Paris (131). The next cities in the ranking were Berlin (129), Singapore (119), Copenhagen (103) and Stockholm (102).

With a total of 236 international congresses (68% of them in Vienna) Austria has moved back into the top ten in the ICCA's country ranking, and is now in 10th place. The USA was able to extend its lead, with 595 international congresses, followed by Germany (458) and Spain (360).

"Viennas continued success is the result of a joint effort," according to Christian Mutschlechner, Director of the Vienna Tourist Board's Vienna Convention Bureau. "All the providers in Vienna's conference sector have made their contributions - especially our congress venues, the hotel trade, and agencies specializing in congresses. It is thanks to them, and also to many other service providers in our city, that Vienna has so successfully headed the league for so many years."

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