The discharge of Worldwide Congress and Conference Affiliation (ICCA)’s 2018 Nation and Metropolis Rankings marks yet one more profitable yr for the affiliation conferences market, with the worldwide conferences trade commerce affiliation capturing a complete of 12,937 rotating affiliation conferences happening in 2018, at a rise of 379 extra conferences in comparison with the quantity recorded on the identical time in 2017. The very best annual determine ICCA has ever recorded in its yearly Statistics, these new rankings sign trade progress is continuous on a robust and sturdy trajectory.
Paris, which beforehand held the highest metropolis spot in 2016, returns in 2018 to assert first place. The usA. continues to prime the nation rankings.
Based on ICCA Statistics, between 1963 and 2013, the variety of worldwide affiliation conferences doubled each 10 years. Launched in October 2018 to coincide with its 55th yr anniversary as an affiliation, ICCA’s newest trade report on the 55-year progress of the worldwide affiliation conferences market, “A Trendy Historical past of Worldwide Affiliation Conferences – Replace: 1963-2017”, confirmed that this exponential progress pattern has now slowly transcended right into a extra mature, but nonetheless stable, progress sample between 2013 and 2017. The 2018 figures appear to substantiate this pattern.
2018 Metropolis rankings: Paris storms forward in first place
Paris climbs to the highest of town rankings by variety of worldwide affiliation conferences with a landslide margin of 40 conferences above second place holder Vienna. In 2017, Paris and Vienna held joint second place, with 190 conferences every. Final yr’s primary Barcelona falls to fourth place, with Madrid getting into the highest 5 for the primary time since 2015 in third place. Among the many prime 5 cities for one more yr, Berlin falls to fifth place from fourth in 2017.
Remaining within the prime 10 however altering place are London, Prague, Singapore and Lisbon. London, Singapore and Prague drop to seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively, and Lisbon climbs three positions to carry sixth place. Bangkok rises seven locations from 17th to 10th, knocking Seoul out of the highest 10. Seoul falls to 15th place, surpassed by prime 20 risers and joint place holders Amsterdam and Tokyo, which leap from 16th to 13th place and 18th to 13th place respectively. Buenos Aires stays firmly in 11th place and Hong Kong rises to 12th. Dublin drops 4 locations to 18th, and Stockholm holds 19th place for one more yr. Montréal, QC and Rome drop out of the highest 20, and newcomers Brussels and Taipei enter in 17th and 20th place.
2018 Nation rankings: U.S.A. stays unchallenged for one more yr
In an unsurprising flip of occasions, the usA. stays within the prime nation spot, unchallenged for over 20 years. Germany stays in second place and 2017’s quantity three the UK drops to fifth place, overtaken by Spain, which rises to 3rd. After exiting the highest 5 final yr, France re-enters in 2018 in fourth place. Italy replaces France in sixth place, and Japan and China-P.R. stay in seventh and eighth place for one more yr. The Netherlands and Canada swap positions, coming in at ninth and 10th respectively.
Portugal stays in 11th place and Republic of Korea climbs one place to 12th. Brazil and Poland fall one place to 17th and 19th respectively, and Switzerland drops to 20th place, whereas Australia and Sweden climb to 13th and 14th. Austria stays within the prime 20 however falls 4 locations to 16th. Newcomer Argentina regains its place within the prime 20 after falling to 21st place in 2017, knocking Denmark from 20th to 22nd place.
Probably the most revered world comparability of locations’ efficiency in attracting worldwide conferences, ICCA’s annual nation and metropolis rankings are extremely anticipated by the conferences trade. Nonetheless, ICCA repeatedly seeks to stress that this annual report is a snapshot of only one phase of the conferences trade, targeted on charting the expansion of worldwide affiliation conferences. Solely these conferences that meet ICCA’s stringent evaluation standards – rotating between a minimum of three international locations, have a confirmed attendance of a minimum of 50 members, and are held frequently – are recorded throughout the world affiliation’s annual statistics.
ICCA CEO Senthil Gopinath stated: “Though probably the most complete world benchmark of the worldwide affiliation conferences sector, the ICCA rankings shouldn’t be mistaken as offering an outline of your entire conferences trade. We all the time search to encourage and advise ICCA members to seek the advice of different rankings and accumulate their very own conferences statistics to assist them present a full image of their efficiency.”
“Now we have recorded our largest ever annual snapshot of the instant previous yr’s conferences information in 2018,” Gopinath continued. “These outcomes intently comply with the discharge of our 55-year historical past of the worldwide affiliation conferences market in October 2018.
ICCA’s newest figures uphold the mature, sturdy progress sample we recognized on this report and supply extra proof of our agency perception that the affiliation sector continues to be an unrivalled stimulator of world societal growth and pressure for progress throughout the globe.”
The total ICCA statistics stories can be found now to members within the ICCA Vacation spot Comparability Device. The rankings for all international locations and cities might be launched to the general public in mid-June.
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