Cologne improves its standing in international conference market ranking

The cathedral city has significantly improved its position in the ICCA ranking — It offers optimal conditions for organizers and participants

Cologne occupies a good position in the current worldwide ranking drawn up by the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA). After occupying position 117 last year, it has moved up this year to position 97. In the country ranking, Germany once again occupies position 2. In order to create its official rankings, the ICCA takes into account all of the regularly held congresses of international associations that are attended by at least 50 participants and are held alternately in at least three countries.

Cologne, the metropolis on the Rhine, offers ideal conditions for congress organizers and participants — for example, optimal accessibility, 165 event venues, a congress centre with its own ICE train connection, first-class hotels and excellent connections between the science and business sector.

„We are proud of the fact that Cologne counts as one of Germany’s most popular destinations for conferences and meetings. Cologne’s international and cosmopolitan flair has provided just the right kind of climate and conditions to turn the city into a strong centre for business and science. Likewise, Cologne’s mentality and creativity define the city permanently and provide the ingredients required to offer our guests an exciting range of post-conference entertainments.”

Outlook: CCB attracts international congresses to Cologne
One of the central tasks of the Cologne Convention Bureau is to attract conferences and congresses to Cologne. Among the events that CCB will bring to Cologne in the near future are two congresses that are relevant to the ICCA
ranking: the XXXI International Congress of the International Academy of Pathology and the jointly held 28th Congress of the European Society of Pathology, as well as the 11th ORPHEUS Conference. Both of these events will be held in Cologne in 2016.

The CCB is presenting Cologne as a destination for conferences and congresses within the cooperation “KÖLNDÜSSELDORF – The Meetropolis” at the IMEX in Frankfurt am Main from 19 to 21 May 2015. This event is the most important international trade fair for the MICE sector that is open exclusively to trade visitors (Stand F40).


Cologne Convention Bureau

Contact information
Claudia Neumann, Head of Corporate Communications
Tel: +49 (0)221 34643 230