Canada has taken the number 11 spot on the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) 2013 rankings of top meeting countries, with 290 eligible meetings.
The number one meeting country according to the just-released rankings is the United States (829 meetings). It is followed by Germany (722), Spain (562), France (527), the United Kingdom (525), Italy (447), Japan (342), China P.R. (340), Brazil (315) and Netherlands (302).
The ICCA’s research is based on meetings that are held on a regular basis, have at least 50 delegates and rotate between at least three countries. Overall, ICCA members and its in-house research team identified solid year-over-year growth in the number of eligible events taking place. In 2013, 11,685 events took place, up 535 from the year before.
“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,” says Martin Sirk, ICCA CEO. “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 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,” he added.
The top 10 country ranking countries are unchanged from 2013 though some have switched places. The U.S.A., Germany and Spain remain respectively first, second and third, though the gap between the USA and Germany has become significantly smaller. France and the United Kingdom switched places, with France moving up to number four this year and the United Kingdom dropping down to the number five spot. Italy remains number six, but Japan climbed one place to number seven and China P.R. climbs two places to number 8. As a result, Brazil has dropped from seventh to ninth place, and The Netherlands, dropping one place to number 10.
In the ICCA’s cities ranking, Paris (204) has taken over the top spot from Vienna, which has been the number one city in the rankings each year since 2005. Paris was second last year and previously shared first place with Vienna in 2008. Madrid (186), fourth in 2012, is now second and Vienna (182) third. Barcelona (179) climbs one place to fourth and Berlin (178) moves from third to fifth place. Singapore (175) remains sixth and London (166) feel from a shared sixth place to seventh. Istanbul (146) climbs one place to 8th. Lisbon (125) and Seoul (125), both newcomers to the top 10, share ninth place.
The top 20 cities ranking is rounded out by Prague, Amsterdam, Dublin, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Copenhagen, Budapest, Beijing and Rome. Bangkok, Stockholm and Sydney, NSW tied for the 20th spot on the list.