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Insight

European cities are the preferred location for rotating international meetings, according to the latest figures released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

The ICCA’s annual report of the top 20 cities found Paris was the number one choice, with 214 international meetings held in 2014. Vienna, top every year since 2005, came second (202 meetings), followed by Madrid (200). London (166) climbs one place to sixth, ahead of the only non-European city in the top 10 — Singapore (142).


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The country with the most events in 2014 was the USA (831), ahead of Germany (659). Spain was third (578), ahead of the UK (543).

Within the UK, the top five cities are:

  1. London
  2. Edinburgh
  3. Glasgow
  4. Manchester
  5. Cambridge

International meetings are classified as association events which rotate between at least three countries, are held regularly, and with at least 50 delegates. With hosting bids often won three or more years before the event is held, the ICCA report is regarded as a solid barometer of cities’ long-term popularity within the events industry.

Top 20 cities

Position

City

Number of meetings

1

Paris

214

2

Vienna

202

3

Madrid

200

4

Berlin

193

5

Barcelona

182

6

London

166

7

Singapore

142

8

Amsterdam

133

9

Istanbul

130

10

Prague

118

11

Brussels

112

12

Lisbon

109

13

Copenhagen

105

14

Beijing

104

15

Seoul

99

16

Hong Kong

98

17

Budapest

97

17

Rome

97

19

Stockholm

95

20

Taipei

92

 
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