Paris the world’s leading city for congresses

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Paris has taken first place in the ICCA rankings for cities that welcomed the most international congresses in 2013.

paris-cvb-logoWith 204 international congresses hosted in 2013, Paris is number one in the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) rankings, ahead of Madrid (186 congresses), Vienna (182 ) and Barcelona (179).

The Paris region carried out by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau presents a record number of 1,055 congresses and 752,300 delegates for 2013.

240 venues in Paris and the Paris region (203 in Paris, 37 in the Paris region) hosted 1,055 congresses in 2013 compared to 1,013 in 2012. Paris hosted on average 88 congresses every month: some 3 per day!

The year 2013 stands out in particular for the increased number of congress attendees estimated at 752,300, i.e. 20% more than in 2012. With an average of ten nationalities, the average number of participants at congresses was 715 in 2013 compared to 620 in 2012. The average duration of a congress remained the same in 2013 as for 2012, i.e. 2.3 days.

Major events

As in 2012, Paris hosted 17 congresses with more than 5,000 participants in 2013. Although they represented less than 2% of congress activity, they accounted for 19% of participants, i.e. 124,343 congress attendees.

A diverse range of sectors of activity and venues

Although congresses in the medical sector remain the most predominant, their share dropped to 38% in 2013 compared to 44% in 2012 and 50% in 2011. Other sectors have a strong presence: technology (10%), economic and scientific (6% each). Congress centres and scientific venues hosted the same proportion of congresses (34%). Nevertheless, the capacity of congress centres enabled them to host some 72% of congress attendees; scientific venues hosted 14%, meeting rooms 6%, hotels with meeting rooms 5%, and museums and cultural event venues 2%.

More big congresses

Congresses hosting between 500 and 900 participants increased by 23% to total 165 congresses, and those hosting between 1,000 and 4,999 increased by 42% to total 155 congresses. The increase in the latter followed the increase in the number of international rotating congresses, which almost doubled, 24 in 2013, and 13 in 2012. Smaller sized congresses (less than 200 participants) were still the most numerous: 28%, i.e. 296.

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