Berlin Meetings Industry Infographics

The meetings industry continues to grow in German capital. While the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office has been active bringing meetings and conventions to the city, the number of participants in conferences and conventions has almost tripled in the past 15 years.

Berlin welcomed 4.2 million participants in 2001 and that number had jumped to 11.37 million in 2015 (+170.7%). The number of overnight stays also tripled in that same period, jumping from 2.25 million to 7.5 million. Berlin’s meetings industry generated €2.31 bn in revenues in 2015 (2001: €0.92 bn, up 151.1%).

For the first time, Berlin has claimed the top spot in the current ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Having hosted 195 events last year, Berlin has surpassed both Paris and Barcelona.

  2001 2015 Change
Events 91,000 135,100 +48.46%
Participants 4.2 million 11.37 million +170.71%
Overnight stays 2.27 million 7.5 million +230.40%
Total revenues €0.92 billion €2.31 billion +151.10%
Jobs 17,000 39,500 +132.35%

2001-2015 convention statistics from the independent market research company ghh consult GmbH on behalf of visitBerlin.

Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin said, “Berlin is in the lead in today’s international meetings industry. The long-term investment in the city as a destination has paid off for Berlin. Our challenge in the years to come is to keep our top position since the international competition is strong.”