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May 13, 2019

ICCA Research: Paris Returns as Top City for Meetings and Events




Paris has returned as the top city for meetings, according to the ICCA’s Country and City Rankings report. The latest report, which covers 2018, sees Paris return to its number one position, which it had not held since 2016. 

Overall, the ICCA says that it captured a total of 12,937 rotating association meetings in 2018, up 379 from the previous year and the highest annual figure the organization has ever recorded. Paris claimed the top spot with 212 meetings held in 2018, 40 more meetings than second place finisher Vienna. The full list of the top 20 cities is:

1. Paris – 212
2. Vienna - 172
3. Madrid - 165
4. Barcelona – 163
5. Berlin - 162
6. Lisbon - 152
7. London - 150
8. Singapore - 145
9. Prague - 136
10. Bangkok – 135
11. Buenos Aires - 133
12. Hong Kong - 129
13. (tie) Amsterdam - 123
13. (tie) Tokyo - 123
15. Seoul – 122
16. Copenhagen – 120
17. Brussels - 112
18. Dublin - 104
19. Stockholm – 103
20. (tie) Budapest - 100
20. (tie) Taipei – 100

Remaining in the top 10 but changing position are London, Prague, Singapore and Lisbon. London, Singapore and Prague dropped to seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively, and Lisbon climbed three positions to sixth place. Bangkok rose seven places from 17th to 10th, knocking Seoul out of the top 10. Seoul fell to 15th place, surpassed by top 20 risers and joint position holders Amsterdam and Tokyo, which jumped from 16th to 13th place and 18th to 13th place, respectively. Buenos Aires stayed in 11th place and Hong Kong rose to 12th. Dublin dropped four places to 18th, and Stockholm held 19th place for another year. Montréal, QC and Rome dropped out of the top 20, and newcomers Brussels and Taipei entered in 17th and 20th place.


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