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December 30, 2014

Middle East: UAE and Turkey Make it into ICCA Top 50

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The UAE and Turkey feature in the top 50 countries for volume of association meetings, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) 2013 Statistics Report has revealed. 

Turkey hits the top 20, rising to 18th place with 221 meetings in 2013, while the UAE is the Gulf’s biggest player, ranking 44th with 62 meetings. Istanbul is Turkey’s most significant city for association business, ranking 8th place in ICCA’s top 10 city rankings with 146 meetings, marking a move one slot up from 9th place with 143 meetings in 2012. 

Dubai, ranked 63rd in the city stakes as the Gulf’s top performing city with 37 meetings in 2013, followed by Abu Dhabi in 103rd place (23 meetings) and Doha in joint 117th place (20 meetings). 

The top 10 countries for number of meetings has not changed from 2012 to 2013 although some rankings have altered. The US, Germany and Spain have remained in first, second and third place respectively. City-wise, Paris was the new number one in 2013, followed by Madrid. Vienna, which has commanded the number one city slot in the ICCA rankings each year since 2005, slipped to third place, while Barcelona climbed one place to fourth slot. 

Overall, during the past decade the average number of participants per meeting has decreased from 426 in 2004 to 393 in 2013. The estimated total number of participants, however, hit the 4,596,559 mark in 2013 and has grown due to the increase in the number of meetings. 

The report also showed that relative growth of rotational meetings has been in favor of regional rotation areas such as Latin America, Asia and Africa/ Middle East, where the absolute number of meetings has approximately doubled. Although the Africa/Middle East rotation area is the smallest, it reported 2.2 times as many meetings over the decade. 

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