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ICCA releases 2017 statistics with another record number of association meetings

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Barcelona claims first place in the ICCA city rankings by number of meetings in 2017 for the first time since 2004. The association meetings market continues to show robust growth.

In another successful year for the international association meetings industry, ICCA captured a record number of 12,558 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2017, with 346 additional meetings taking place compared to 2016. This is the highest annual figure that ICCA has ever recorded in its yearly analysis of the immediate past year’s meetings data.

Exponential growth market moving to maturity?

In its advocacy report “A Modern History of International Association Meetings: 1963-2013” (available at www.icca50.com), ICCA identified a 50-year trend of exponential growth in the number of international association meetings: the number of these meetings doubled every 10 years. In the last 5–10 years, this exponential growth seems to slowly transcend into a more mature, but still solid, growth pattern.

More research and data is needed to identify any changes to the long-term pattern, so ICCA will be updating its “Modern History of International Association Meetings” report with the release of a 55-year history of international association meetings later this year.

2017 City rankings: Barcelona overtakes Paris and Vienna to claim first place

The cities in this year’s top 5 remain the same as they have done since 2015, but Barcelona surpasses regular first and second place holders Paris and Vienna to claim the top spot. Taking first place for the first time since 2004 with 195 meetings in 2017, Barcelona knocks last year’s number one Paris down to second place. Vienna holds its previous position in joint second place with Paris, and Berlin and London are placed in fourth and fifth. Madrid stays in seventh place for another year, and last year’s other number seven Amsterdam drops out of the top 10 to 16th place, making way for Prague to climb three places to join the top 10 in eighth place. As in 2016, Singapore, Lisbon and Seoul remain in sixth, ninth and 10th place respectively. Notable risers are Buenos Aires, jumping from 17th to 11th place, Budapest, jumping from 16th to 12th, and Hong Kong, jumping from 19th to 13th. Rome remains in 20th place for another year. Newcomers to the top 20 in 2017 are Tokyo and Montreal.

Table 1: Top 20 city ranking by number of meetings organised in 2017

Rank

City

# Meetings

1

Barcelona

195

2

Paris

190

 

Vienna

190

4

Berlin

185

5

London

177

6

Singapore

160

7

Madrid

153

8

Prague

151

9

Lisbon

149

10

Seoul

142

11

Buenos Aires

131

12

Budapest

128

13

Hong Kong

119

14

Dublin

117

15

Copenhagen

115

16

Amsterdam

112

17

Bangkok

110

18

Tokyo

101

19

Stockholm

97

20

Montreal, QC

96

 

Rome

96

2017 Country rankings: U.S.A. in first place

Since 2016 there has not been much change in the top 10 country rankings, apart from a minor shift in positioning. As it has done for the past two decades, U.S.A. remains in the number one position with 941 meetings, 7 more than reported at this time in 2016. The cities in the top 3 have not changed, with Germany and United Kingdom remaining in second and third place after the U.S.A.’s first. France exits the top 5 and drops to sixth place with the rise of Spain and Italy one place to fourth and fifth, and Japan retains seventh place for a second year running. China P.R. drops one place to eighth. Portugal drops out of shared 10th place to 11th in 2017. Argentina falls two spots to 21st place and Denmark enters the top 20 at 20th place.

Table 2: Top 20 country rankings by number of meetings organised in 2017

Rank

Country

# Meetings

1

U.S.A.

941

2

Germany

682

3

United Kingdom

592

4

Spain

564

5

Italy

515

6

France

506

7

Japan

414

8

China P.R.

376

9

Canada

360

10

Netherlands

307

11

Portugal

298

12

Austria

281

13

Republic of Korea

279

14

Australia

258

15

Sweden

255

16

Brazil

237

17

Switzerland

230

18

Poland

216

19

Belgium

208

20

Denmark

203

The annual ICCA country and city rankings report is the most respected global comparison of destinations’ performance in attracting international meetings. However, it should be noted that the report covers a narrow segment of the meetings industry, only including international association meetings that rotate between at least three countries, have a proven attendance of at least 50 participants, and are held on a regular basis. The ICCA rankings should thus not be mistaken as providing an overview of the entire meetings industry. ICCA members are always advised to consult other rankings and collect their own meetings statistics to help them provide a full picture of their performance.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said: “In a world of disruption and unpredictability, the continuing growth in international association meetings is a welcome anomaly, but is not that surprising. We are still in a period of revolutionary change in terms of scientific and technological advancements, which are transforming traditional association fields such as healthcare and trade. To make sense of the tsunami of new data and information, association communities need to meet. Not just at their traditional, well-established meetings, but in new gatherings specifically invented to serve new academic fields or to reach out to new audiences. These are the pressures that we believe will continue to boost the sector for many years to come.”

The full ICCA statistics reports are available now to members only via ICCA’s Destination Comparison Tool. The rankings for all countries and cities will be released to the public in mid-June.

- ENDS

To download ICCA’s 50-year anniversary advocacy report, “A Modern History of International Association Meetings: 1963-2013”, visit www.icca50.com.

For more on how to use the ICCA rankings in promoting your destination, venue or service to international associations, read “7 ways NOT to use the ICCA rankings in your promotional activities.”

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