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.


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