Toronto Ranks First As International Host

 

The latest International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Rankings Report highlights Toronto’s continued success in the international meetings market outside of the U.S. According to the report, Toronto welcomed the most international meeting attendees in Canada in 2023. In total, 43,096 international meeting attendees visited Toronto in 2023, the highest number since 2018, and an important increase since 2022.

Toronto saw an approximate 58 per cent rise in international meeting delegates in 2023, hosting more than 15,000 additional attendees when compared to 2022, furthering the city’s recovery. Toronto also saw an annual increase in the number of international meetings hosted in 2023, from 40 to 45. The city was host to five international meetings with 2,000 plus attendees in 2023, the highest number in Canada.

Securing international conventions that drive economic growth is a collaborative effort. Through prospecting and research, the Leaders Circle plays a key role in securing the support of local experts for international meeting bids, which is required in 70 per cent of cases. This link is key to bringing more international gatherings to the city, alongside Destination Toronto and key hospitality partners in a highly competitive meetings market.

“Since 2015, the Leaders Circle helped secure 57 international meetings for Toronto, which in turn created $390 million in economic impact for the region,” said Ron Pellerine, interim president and CEO at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “Toronto is home to world-class experts, top academic institutions, fantastic venues, and strong key sectors. It’s the perfect place for collaboration, advancing research, and sharing ideas.”

Toronto is well-positioned to host international meetings, including the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition taking place this summer. Beyond 2024, the Leaders Circle helped secure nine meetings in Toronto, including the World Poultry Congress (2026) and the World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (2025). These meetings booked for future years will bring an estimated 23,700 attendees to the city and generate an estimated economic impact of $87 million for the city and region.

 

 

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