Record number of international association meetings took place in 2018.
The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has released its 2018 Country and City Rankings this week, highlighting the top-performing destinations for international association meetings.
A total of 12,937 rotating association meetings took place in 2018, at an increase of 379 on the 2017 tally, and the highest-ever annual figure recorded.
Paris, which previously held the top city spot in 2016, returns in 2018 to claim first place, while cities across Asia Pacific continue to climb the ranks.
Singapore (8th) and Bangkok (10th) are among the top 10, with the Thai capital rising seven places. Hong Kong rises to 12th place, while Tokyo jumped from 18th to 13th, and Taipei entered the top 20 in 20th place. Seoul fell from 10th to 15th place in the city rankings, but in the country rankings the Republic of Korea jumped one position to 12th place.
The U.S.A. continues to top the country rankings, while Japan and China remain in 7th and 8th place for another year.
Australia climbed to 13th and New Zealand, which hosted 64 conferences in 2018, jumped five places to 46th in the global country rankings.
While the ICCA rankings are the most comprehensive global benchmark of the international association meetings sector, CEO Senthil Gopinath, says they should not be mistaken as providing an overview of the entire meetings industry.
“We always seek to encourage and advise ICCA members to consult other rankings and collect their own meetings statistics to help them provide a full picture of their performance,” Gopinath says.
He adds: “We have recorded our largest ever annual snapshot of the immediate past year’s meetings data in 2018. These results closely follow the release of our 55-year history of the international association meetings market in October 2018.
“ICCA’s latest figures uphold the mature, robust growth pattern we identified in this report and provide more evidence of our firm belief that the association sector continues to be an unrivalled stimulator of global societal development and force for progress across the globe.”