Birmingham has been named the top UK regional destination for conferences and events by an international meetings specialist.
Global event management company Cvent listed Birmingham 22nd in its second annual ranking of more than 2,500 cities across Europe, the Middle East and Africa based on event booking activity through its supplier network.
Activity was tracked during 2015 with criteria including how often a destination was searched for by clients and the total number of room nights generated by events.
Birmingham moved up one place to 22nd in Cvent's top 25 rankings, overtaking its nearest UK rival Manchester in 23rd.
The top five comprised London, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin.
Emma Gray, director of marketing and communications at Meet Birmingham, the city's business tourism programme, said: "Birmingham's position as the preferred UK meetings destination outside London is further evidence of the consistent hard work of our venues and partners to provide the best possible experience for our many event visitors.
"It is also testament to the continued, significant investment being made to enhance Birmingham's business tourism sector.
"Events play a vital role in the city's visitor economy, which hit an all-time high of £6.2 billion in 2015.
"By launching new spaces including the Vox Conference Centre and accommodation providers such as Park Regis - together with redeveloped transport hubs New Street station and Birmingham Airport - we're ensuring we remain attractive to this valuable market."