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Leuven is one of Belgium's best conference locations, says ICCA

15 June 2023

Leuven has now taken the second spot after Brussels as the most important congress destination in Belgium according to ICCA's (International Congress and Convention Association) ranking.

This ranking, based on the number of confirmed international congresses per city, places Leuven 43rd worldwide and 34th in Europe by 2022. Leuven thus jumps from fourth to second place in Belgium, after Brussels.

The high ranking is the result of a thorough collaboration between the many experts in the Leuven ecosystem, KU Leuven, City of Leuven and the continuous improvement of the quality it offers to the visitor.

Leuven has seen steady growth as a convention destination since 2018, thanks in part to the creation of the Leuven Convention Bureau, a successful collaboration between KU Leuven and City of Leuven. Since 2019, Leuven rose 55 places in the ranking.

Leuven has many assets that make it an excellent convention destination. With its proximity to Brussels, the heart of Europe, Leuven is easily accessible for international participants. In addition, Leuven has a pleasant size, creating an intimate and cozy atmosphere conducive to networking and collaboration.

Leuven's strong ecosystem, driven by the world-renowned KU Leuven and a dynamic research community, provides fertile ground for intellectual exchange and innovation during conferences. Participants can enjoy the vibrant ambiance of the city, known for its rich cultural heritage and lively beer culture. This adds a unique and authentic aspect to the congress experience in Leuven.

In the coming years, Leuven intends to further profile itself as an excellent congress destination and international hub in the areas of Health, high-tech and creativity.

"International multi-day congresses are an excellent opportunity for KU Leuven and Leuven to raise our profile as a 'hub of knowledge and innovation,' further building the image of the city and the university together with its many partners. Our joint efforts are bearing fruit", said Wim Desmet, General Administrator of KU Leuven.

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