Top Countries and Cities

Top Countries and Cities for Meetings in 2022

ICCA at Imex Frankfurt 2023 announced the winners of its annual Country – and City – Rankings for the year 2022 after an absence of two years.

The publication of the rankings coincides with the World Health Organization’s recent declaration that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency, thereby emphasising the return to normalcy for the association meetings industry.

At the end of 2022, ICCA made the proactive decision to revert to normal rankings again based on the observation that approximately 85% of all meetings were held in-person. However, we do recognise that certain countries and territories were still working within the confines of COVID-19 restrictions.

In a joint effort with our dedicated members, ICCA’s Research team identified over 10,500 meetings of which some 9,000 meetings were held in-person, being either unaffected by COVID-19 or held in a hybrid format. As the association meetings industry is still catching up to the numbers of the last pre-pandemic year (13,254 meetings in 2019), we conducted a brief country and city comparative analysis based on rankings rather than a number of meetings. In addition, we will provide context to in-person versus planned meetings showing how these statistics can be best utilised.

ICCA CEO, Senthil Gopinath: “This is tremendous undertaking by our team, one that is most welcomed by our members because the ICCA Country – and City – Rankings always generates huge industry interest. It’s heartening to see the drive towards in-person meetings is once more very strong and we predict this trend will grow throughout the coming year.”

ICCA strongly believes that statistics exist to tell a story, and therefore we offer our members various tools to do this in a comprehensive way. There is not a single country where at least one planned meeting was affected by the pandemic in 2022. The ICCA Database displays the status of each meeting, and in the relevant cases, shows the reasoning behind the organiser’s decision not to run a meeting as in-person.

Worldwide Ranking

Number of meetings per country

RankCountry# Meetings In-Person 2022
1USA690
2Spain528
3Italy522
4Germany484
5France472
6United Kingdom449
7Portugal294
8Netherlands253
9Belgium234
10Canada233
11Austria232
12Japan228
13Greece185
14Sweden179
15Switzerland175
16Denmark169
17Republic of Korea162
18Ireland152
19Norway148
20Czech Republic146
20Finland146
22Mexico145
23Poland134
24Australia118
25Brazil110
26China109
27Argentina104
28Colombia101
28Singapore101
30Chinese Taipei90
31Turkey82
32Thailand81
33Croatia79
33Hungary79
35UAE75
36Malaysia69
37India68
38Chile61
38Iceland61
40Slovenia59
41Romania55
41S. Africa55
43Peru48
44Estonia44
45Indonesia43
46Serbia42
47Lithuania40
48Cyprus37
49Uruguay36
50Ecuador33
51Panama32
52Malta31
53Israel30
53Morocco30
53Vietnam30
56Luxembourg28
56New Zealand28
58Latvia27
59Dominican Rep.25
60Bulgaria24
61Costa Rica23
62Rwanda22
63Egypt21
64Georgia18
64Paraguay18
64Tanzania18
67Jordan17
67Slovak Rep.17
69Guatemala16
70Hong Kong15
71Senegal14
72Bolivia13
72Philippines13
72Tunisia13
75Albania12
76Bosnia11
76Ghana11
78N. Macedonia10
78S. Arabia10
80Faroe Islands9
80Kenya9
82Bangladesh8
82Cambodia8
82Cuba8
82Qatar8
86Niger7
86Puerto Rico7
86Zimbabwe7
89Bahrain6
89Honduras6
89Macao6
89Nigeria6
89Russia6
94El Salvador5
94Monaco5
94Oman5
 Others109
 Totals9042

 

 

Worldwide Ranking

Number of meetings per city

 

RankCityCountry# Meetings In-person 2022
1ViennaAustria162
2LisbonPortugal144
3ParisFrance134
4BarcelonaSpain133
5PragueCzech Rep.129
6MadridSpain128
7BerlinGermany113
8AthensGreece109
9BrusselsBelgium108
10LondonUK106
11DublinIreland105
12CopenhagenDenmark102
13SingaporeSingapore101
14RomeItaly79
15AmsterdamNetherlands73
16HelsinkiFinland69
17OsloNorway67
18Buenos AiresArgentina66
18MilanItaly66
18SeoulRep. Of Korea66
18StockholmSweden66
22BudapestHungary62
23IstanbulTurkey58
24Montreal, QCCanada56
25ReykjavikIceland55
25TaipeiChinese Taipei55
27GlasgowUK54
27PortoPortugal54
29Mexico CityMexico53
30EdinburghUK52
30WarsawPoland52
32BangkokThailand50
33Vancouver, BCCanada49
34ZurichSwitzerland47
35BolognaItaly45
36Lyon-St.EtienneFrance43
36RotterdamNetherlands43
36ValenciaSpain43
39CracowPoland42
40LjubljanaSlovenia40
41GothenburgSweden39
41TokyoJapan39
43GenevaSwitzerland38
43LeuvenBelgium38
43LimaPeru38
43Marseille-AixFrance38
43Toronto, ONCanada38
48Santiago de ChileChile37
49GentBelgium36
49MunichGermany36
49SevillaSpain36
52Abu DhabiUAE35
52Boston,MAU.S.A.35
52KualaLumpurMalaysia
55DubaiUAE34
55HamburgGermany34
55Sydney, NSWAustralia34
58BogotaColombia33
59Chicago, ILU.S.A.32
60FlorenceItaly31
60Melbourne,Australia31
60Panama CityPanama31
63AarhusDenmark30
63Cape TownS. Africa30
63ToulouseFrance30
66DubrovnikCroatia29
66KyotoJapan29
66Rio de JaneiroBrazil29
66VilniusLithuania29
70BelgradeSerbia28
70Lausanne-MontreuxSwitzerland28
70TorinoItaly28
70Washington,DCU.S.A.28
74JejuRep. Of Korea27
74NaplesItaly27
74Sao PauloBrazil27
74TallinnEstonia27
78AntwerpBelgium26
78BucharestRomania26
78NYCU.S.A.26
78ThessalonikiGreece26
78ZagrebCroatia26
83MontevideoUruguay25
84BaliIndonesia24
84Miami, FLU.S.A.24
84UtrechtNetherlands24
87ManchesterUK23
87OxfordUK23
87RigaLatvia23
90BordeauxFrance22
90CorkIreland22
90Los Angeles, CAAngeles,22
90MedellinColombia22
94BelfastUK21
94CartagenaColombia21
94GrazAustria21
94KigaliRwanda21
94LuxembourgLuxembourg21
94San JoseCosta Rica21
100CambridgeUK20
100MalagaSpain20
100New DelhiIndia20
100NiceFrance20
100San Diego, CAU.S.A.20
100TampereFinland20
100UppsalaSweden20

 

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