Scotland is celebrating another year as a world leading destination for international association events as the latest icca rankings reveal that the country accounted for 31% of the total number of association events taking place in the UK in 2019. Last year Scotland hosted 143 association events that met the icca criteria, a 2.5% increase in the number taking place in the country compared with the previous year. The results also showed the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh placed higher in the rankings than Melbourne, Vancouver and New York.
The results follow on the findings from VisitScotland Business Events’ first annual Scottish Associations Survey, covering April 2018 – March 2019, which revealed that 425,600 delegate days were spent in Scotland throughout the period, with international association events accounting for 67% of those days. In this period association events and conferences contributed more than £206m to the Scottish economy, with repeat visits and extended stays contributing a further £11m. Rory Archibald, Associations & Sectors, VisitScotland Business Events said: “We are really thrilled to see three great Scottish cities listed in the 2019 icca rankings. Scotland has continued to attract large conventions and congresses thanks to the world leading innovation, research and pioneering industries that the country has in abundance.“