Lisbon maintains 2nd place and Porto rises to 16th position in the ICCA world ranking
In the ICCA list, Portugal occupies the 7th position in the world and the 6th place in the European ranking.
After a one-year break due to the pandemic, the ICCA – International Congress and Convention Association is once again releasing the rankings of destinations, by countries and cities, in global and regional terms. Portugal has reasons to celebrate, as it reinforced its position in relation to the last edition of the rankings, in 2020.
In the world ranking, Portugal is in 7th position, shared with Japan, in a list led by the United States – it rose three places compared to the last list published by ICCA, where it occupied 10th place. In the European ranking, which is led by Spain, Portugal occupies the sixth position, moving up one place.
In terms of cities, Lisbon maintains the second position in the world and European rankings, which are both led by Vienna. Porto, on the other hand, rose from the 39th place on the 2020 list to the 16th position. In European terms, Porto rose eight places, leaving the 22nd place and assuming itself as the 14th destination in the ranking.
Other Portuguese cities on the ICCA list are Cascais (165th in the world and 94th in European terms), Funchal (228th in the world | 129th in Europe), Aveiro (254th | 139th), Braga (278th | 152nd), Coimbra ( 328º | 170º), Évora (428º | 215º), Guimarães (428º | 215º), Guarda (592º | 307º), Peniche (592º | 307º), Tomar (876º | 437º), Vila Real (876º | 437º), Viseu ( 968º | 475º), Vilamoura (1024º | 511º), Albufeira (1040º | 520º), Bragança (1040º | 520º), Faro (1040º | 520º), Olhão (1040º | 520º), Porto Novo (1040º | 520º) and Tavira ( 1040º | 520º).
Last year, the ICCA omitted from its annual report the rankings by countries and cities, because of the pandemic. Before, the lists only included meetings and events held on site, but given the impacts of covid-19, ICCA chose to create a destination performance index (DPI) to reward the efforts of destinations in relation to the original proposals, to the related policies with the pandemic and the adaptation and technological capabilities in converting face-to-face events into virtual or hybrid events. The DPI is composed of the indicators: planned meetings, unaffected meetings, virtual meetings, hybrid meetings, digitization: virtual/hybrid, and business continuity: unaffected/virtual/hybrid.