ICCA‘s (International Congress and Convention Association) recent ranking for countries and cities hosting international conferences brought Leuven in the second position in Belgium, climbing up two spots.
The city’s success is owed to close collaboration of KU Leuven, the City of Leuven and many experts in the local meetings industry.
In fact, since the creation of the Leuven Convention Bureau in 2019, the city has managed to go from strength to strength in attracting international conferences.
Ease of accessibility, compact size, strong collaborative ecosystem and research community paint the picture of its success.
“The high position in the ranking confirms Leuven’s potential as a congress destination. By establishing the Leuven Convention Bureau, we can anchor this position and ensure that the number of international multi-day congresses continues to rise. Congresses contribute to strengthening the city’s image and reputation, with Leuven increasingly establishing itself as an attractive destination for scientists, researchers and professionals from all over the world,” says Bert Cornillie, alderman of Tourism.