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Toronto takes top spot in new global travel ranking

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Ainsley Smith May 23, 2019 9:05 am

Toronto continues to cement itself as a major international tourism hub, after taking top spot in a global travel ranking.

In 2018, Toronto hosted more international delegates from meetings, conferences, and events than any other city in North America.

The ranking comes as Toronto continues to reach record-breaking levels with 44 million visitors to the city that spend more than $9 billion annually.

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According to the 2018 International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA) City Rankings ReportToronto broke the North American record for the number of delegates attending international association meetings and conventions.

The record-breaking year saw 84,600 international attendees in the city, more than any other city in North American history.

Globally, Toronto ranked seventh for international attendance and was the only North American city to make it into the top ten.

Toronto also ranked second overall for the number of meetings hosted in North America.

“Meetings, conventions and events are economic drivers for Toronto with an economic impact of more than $565 million,” said Tara Gordon, vice president of business events at Tourism Toronto.

“Attracting international meetings is an economic growth strategy for Toronto and it’s also an opportunity to showcase key sectors like tech, finance, and health care. We’re seeing Toronto’s outstanding reputation being elevated in these sectors with the number of international attendees that now surpasses every other city in North America.”

In addition to the North American record, Toronto remains the only Canadian city to grow the number of international meetings year-over-year, according to the report.

Additionally, Toronto has also been named the number one North American travel destination preferred by students and teachers.

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