Auckland has been named as one of the world's top seven sporting cities.

The recognition comes in this year's International Sports Event Management Awards.

Auckland is a finalist, alongside Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Melbourne.

Associate Professor Geoff Dickson, of the Tourism Research Institute, says it is a reflection of the success of the Rugby World Cup, which showed the city is able to successfully produce large scale sporting events.

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Auckland has also been named the top tourism destination in Australasia this weekend.