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ICCA reports 2013 Top 20 Rankings for countries and cities

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paris2ICCA, which is the most global meetings industry association and the leader in the international association meetings sector, released the 2013 Top 20 Rankings for countries and cities.

11,685 regularly occurring association events which rotate between at least three countries were identified by ICCA members and ICCA’s in-house research team as having taken place during 2013, 535 more than identified a year previously.

Table 1: ICCA country and city ranking measured by number of meetings organised in 2013

Rank

Country

#Meetings

                   

Rank

City

#Meetings

1

U.S.A.

829

 

1

Paris

204

2

Germany

722

 

2

Madrid

186

3

Spain

562

 

3

Vienna

182

4

France

527

 

4

Barcelona

179

5

United Kingdom

525

 

5

Berlin

178

6

Italy

447

 

6

Singapore

175

7

Japan

342

 

7

London

166

8

China-P.R.

340

 

8

Istanbul

146

9

Brazil

315

 

9

Lisbon

125

10

Netherlands

302

   

Seoul

125

11

Canada

290

 

11

Prague

121

12

Republic of Korea

260

 

12

Amsterdam

120

13

Portugal

249

 

13

Dublin

114

14

Austria

244

 

14

Buenos Aires

113

15

Sweden

238

 

15

Brussels

111

16

Australia

231

 

16

Copenhagen

109

17

Argentina

223

 

17

Budapest

106

18

Turkey

221

 

18

Beijing

105

19

Belgium

214

 

19

Rome

99

20

Switzerland

205

 

20

Bangkok

93

         

Stockholm

93

         

Sydney, NSW

93


2013 top 10 countries: Some small changes
The top 10 country ranking is made up of the same countries as last year, but some countries switched places. The U.S.A., Germany and Spain remain respectively 1st, 2nd and 3rd. The gap between U.S.A. and Germany has become significantly smaller though; from a difference of 184 meetings in 2012 to 107 in 2013. France and United Kingdom have switched places: France is now 4th and United Kingdom 5th. Italy remains 6th. Japan climbs one place to number 7 and China-P.R. climbs two places to number 8, at the cost of Brazil, dropping from 7th to 9th place, and The Netherlands, dropping one place to number 10.

2013 top 10 cities: Paris new number one
Vienna, which has been the number one city in the ICCA rankings each year since 2005, has lost its 1st place to Paris, which was 2nd last year and previously shared 1st place with Vienna in 2008. Madrid, 4th in 2012 is now 2nd and Vienna 3rd. Barcelona climbs one place to 4th and Berlin moves from 3rd to 5th place. Singapore remains 6th and London fell from a shared 6th place to 7th. Istanbul climbs one place to 8th and Lisbon and Seoul, both newcomers in the top 10, share 9th place.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk: “It shouldn’t be surprising that our 2013 figures have demonstrated the strength of the international association meetings sector, since the overall picture for our industry is significantly better than has been the case for quite some time. But it should be remembered that this is a sector that has shown significant growth in every single year since the financial crisis hit the world economy in 2008. The international association meetings sector is a solid, reliable performer, in good times and bad, and the longer term trends are the most critically important factors when preparing strategic plans and investment decisions. I am convinced that every serious meetings destination, internationally ambitious venue, and forward-thinking meetings management company should include international associations in their marketing and development strategies.”  

“A modern history of international association meetings 1963-2012”
As part of ICCA’s 50 year anniversary a special 50 year edition of its international association meetings Statistics Report “A modern history of international association meetings 1963-2012” has been published in September 2013. This report shows that the number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings is increasing by 100 per cent every 10 years, and has been consistently doing so for the last half century, with no signs of a slowdown.

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