A current comparison of the closest competitors on the 2015 ICCA scale following the Kongres travelogue methodology – meetologues

Population: 606.340Population: 492.680
ICCA Country and City rankings 2015
49th place
54 meetings
ICCA Country and City rankings 2015
35 place
67 meetings
Numbeo Quality of Life Index 2017
4,12/ 173,64
Numbeo Quality of Life Index 2017
4,36 / 196,51
Sunshine hours: 1.265 per yearSunshine hours: 1.380 per year
Numbeo Safety Index: 3,01 / 53,92Numbeo Safety Index: 3,51 / 69,94
Glasgow meetings flashpointsEdinburgh meetings flashpoints:
1. The Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) - UKs largest integrated conference and exhibition Centre.1. EICC - Edinburgh International Conference Centre - located in the city centre annually hosts more than 200,000 congress guest
2. Drygate brewery - the UK’s first experiential craft brewery, restaurant, bar and event space2. The Caves - a truly unique venue that makes up the sub-structure of the 18th Century South Bridge.
3. Merchant Square - home to an eclectic mix of bars and restaurants set within a covered courtyard. Available for private hire events for up to 1810 people.3. The Royal Yacht Britannia - Berthed in the historic port of Leith, she is now one of the world’s most prestigious corporate event venues
4. The Lighthouse - one of Europe’s most visited and renowned architecture and design centres, represents one of Glasgow’s premier and best-equipped conference venues.4. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society - it offers rare and exclusive single cask, single malt whiskies from 132 Distilleries. Private function suites can accommodate up to 50 guests.
5. Riverside Museum - unusual, yet authentic venue where memories have been captured to create nostalgic experience5. World Best Cities Global Alliance - Edinburgh is a founding member and the only city from United Kingdom in the association.
STAY: Village Hotel GlasgowSTAY: Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

+ Glasgow has realised an urban transformation and has become the congress city in which people want to organise events. This is supported by excellent infrastructure and the connectivity of all players. In the field of infrastructure the King is the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre. It is an events hub that can’t be compared to any other venue in Europe, as it combines a comprehensive range of hotels, special venues and excellent accessibility. It is not surprising that on the ICCA scale last year, Glasgow surpassed destinations such as New York, Munich, Washington, Dublin and Beijing. Looking at the number of events, Glasgow is even ahead of cities such as Melbourne, Geneva, Chicago, Florence, Cape Town and Los Angeles (of 400 cities, Glasgow was ranked in 28th place in 2015). Within the UK, only London has surpassed Glasgow.

+ Edinburgh is a top destination, which is blessed with outstanding cultural and historical heritage. The destination is in its mature phase, with a fully-developed congress infrastructure and excellent destination management. Four universities and numerous centres of excellence in science and art related to the Edinburgh Science Triangle are a guarantee for further successful development of the destination. Congresses and events are a part of a scientific breakthrough and further development of the city, as it stimulates numerous multiplier effects. The key stakeholders in Edinburgh are aware of this and this message should also be transmitted as an example of best practice in new European destinations.