2013 ICCA rankings released: Paris new number one city

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WORLD – With the release of the 2013 Top 20 Rankings for countries and cities, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is reporting another year of continued strength in the international association meetings market and Paris has jumped ahead to take the number one city spot from Vienna.

The USA remains the top country destination.

ICCA and its members identified 11,685 regularly occurring association events which rotate between at least three countries as having taken place during 2013, 535 more than identified a year previously.

The top 10 countries all appeared in the top 10 last year, but some have switched places.

The 1,2,3 remains as before, with the USA (829 meetings), Germany (722) and Spain (562) ahead of the field. Germany has closed the gap with the USA from 184 meetings in 2012 to 107 in 2013.

France has leapfrogged the UK into fourth place, while Italy remains sixth. Japan climbs one place to No.7 and China-P.R. climbs two places to No.8, at the cost of Brazil, dropping from 7th to 9th place, and The Netherlands, dropping one place to No.10.

Vienna, which has been the number one city in the ICCA rankings each year since 2005, has finally lost its top spot to Paris, which was second last year and previously shared first place with Vienna in 2008.

Madrid, fourth in 2012 is now second and Vienna third. Barcelona climbs one place to fourth and Berlin moves from third to fifth place. Singapore remains sixth and London falls from a shared sixth place to seventh. Istanbul climbs one place to eighth and Lisbon and Seoul, both newcomers in the top 10, share ninth place.

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk says: “It shouldn’t be surprising that our 2013 figures have demonstrated the strength of the international association meetings sector, since the overall picture for our industry is significantly better than has been the case for quite some time. But it should be remembered that this is a sector that has shown significant growth in every single year since the financial crisis hit the world economy in 2008.

“The international association meetings sector is a solid, reliable performer, in good times and bad, and the longer term trends are the most critically important factors when preparing strategic plans and investment decisions. I am convinced that every serious meetings destination, internationally ambitious venue, and forward-thinking meetings management company should include international associations in their marketing and development strategies.”

ICCA country and city ranking measured by number of meetings organised in 2013.


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