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Monday, 15 May, 2017, 18 : 00 PM [IST]

Paris reclaims the top spot in 2016 ICCA City rankings

France climbs one place in 2016 Country rankings
The number of international association meetings continues to double every ten years. Paris reclaims the top spot in the 2016 city ranking. Paris, number one in 2014, takes over first place again with 196 meetings in 2016 – one more meeting than last year’s number one Berlin.

Even though the order is quite different, this year’s top 5 cities were also represented in last year’s top 5. Vienna climbs 2 places to second and Barcelona remains third. Berlin drops from first to fourth place and London remains fifth. Singapore is the first Asian city jumping one place from seventh to sixth. Madrid drop 2 places from a shared fifth in 2015 to a shared seventh in 2016. Newcomers in the top 10 compared to last year are Amsterdam, twelfth last year and now sharing seventh place with Madrid, and Seoul jumping from 13th to tenth. Like last year, Lisbon is ninth.

Top 20 city ranking by number of meetings organised in 2016
Rank         City                # Meetings in 2016
1               Paris               196
2               Vienna            186
3               Barcelona       181
4               Berlin             176
5               London          153
6               Singapore      151
7               Amsterdam    144
8               Madrid           144
9               Lisbon           138
10             Seoul             137
11             Prague           126
12             Bangkok        121
13             Dublin           118
14             Copenhagen  115
15             Beijing          113
16             Budapest       108
17             Buenos Aires 103
18             Stockholm     101
19             Hong Kong    99
20             Rome             96

The top 10 is made up of the same countries as last year, with some minor shift and one newcomer on a shared tenth place. U.S.A. remains number one with 934 meetings in 2016; 9 more than in 2015. Germany remains second and The United Kingdom remains third. France and Spain swap places: France is now fourth and Spain fifth. Italy and Japan remain sixth and seventh, while Japan now shares seventh place with China-P.R., which is climbing one place. The Netherlands drops one place form shared eighth to ninth and Canada remains tenth but is now joined on tenth place by Portugal, which was twelfth last year.

Top 20 country ranking by number of meetings organised in 2016

Rank         Country           # Meetings in 2016
1               U.S.A.              934
2               Germany          689
3               UK                   582
4               France              545
5               Spain                533
6               Italy                  468
7               China-P.R.        410
8               Japan                410
9               Netherlands      368
10              Canada             287
11              Portugal           287
12              Austria             268
13              Korea               267
14              Sweden            260
15              Brazil               244
16              Australia          211
17              Poland             195
18              Belgium           194
19              Argentina         188
20              Switzerland      184

Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA commented, “Once again our report provides clear evidence of the resilience and long-term continued growth of the international association meetings sector. Anecdotally, we hear that it is not just the traditional association meetings business that is in a healthy state: new association-type events are being created. The Information Revolution and Knowledge Economy are experiencing continuing exponential growth, so it’s hardly surprising that the entire association meetings community is responding in such a dynamic fashion. Traditional association meetings are growing strongly, but they are definitely no longer the only game in town!”

ICCA captured 12,212 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2016, which is clearly an all-time record for ICCA’s annual snapshot of immediate past year’s meetings data, and 136 additional meetings compared to 2015. This was another decade of great success for the sector as ICCA identifies more than double the number of association meetings in a decade: from just under 6,000 in 2006 to over 12,000 in 2016.
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