by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 08, 2017
The U.S. was the top country for large association conventions in 2016, hosting 934 of these events, according to the newly released rankings from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Germany came in second place (689 meetings), followed by the United Kingdom (582), France (545), Spain (533), Italy (468), China and Japan (410 each), Netherlands (368), Canada and Portugal (287 each).
 
Paris was the most popular city for association meetings in the 2016 ICCA rankings. The French capital hosted 196 meetings last year. It was followed in the rankings by Vienna (186 meetings); Barcelona, Spain (181); Berlin (176); and London, the British capital taking fifth place with 153 events last year. Rounding out the top 10 list are Singapore; Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Madrid, Spain (tied); Lisbon, Portugal; and Seoul, South Korea.
 
ICCA's rankings are based on the number of association meetings that take place on a regular basis and rotate between a minimum of three countries. For 2016, ICCA captured data from a record 12,212 of these events.
 
ICCA CEO Martin Sirk commented: "Once again our report provides clear evidence of the resilience and long-term continued growth of the international association meetings sector. Anecdotally, we hear that it is not just the traditional association meetings business that is in a healthy state: new association-type events are being created by groups of scientists and doctors, destinations are designing and hosting their own world-class STEM meetings and festivals, online discussions are migrating to the real world of concrete face-to-face interactions, and even corporate events are evolving into community gatherings of suppliers, clients, partners, investors, users and academics, blurring the lines between the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. The information revolution and knowledge economy are experiencing continuing exponential growth, so it's hardly surprising that the entire association meetings community is responding in such a dynamic fashion. Traditional association meetings are growing strongly, but they are definitely no longer the only game in town!"
 
The Top-20 cities and countries are listed below:
 
Top 20 city ranking by number of association meetings organized in 2016

 
City / Number of Meetings


1. Paris: 196
2. Vienna, Austria: 186
3. Barcelona, Spain: 181
4. Berlin: 176
5. London: 153
6. Singapore: 151
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands: 144
8. Madrid, Spain: 144
9. Lisbon, Portugal: 138
10. Seoul, South Korea: 137
11. Prague, Czech Republic: 126
12. Bangkok, Thailand: 121
13. Dublin, Ireland: 118
14. Copenhagen, Denmark: 115
15. Beijing: 113
16. Budapest, Hungary: 108
17. Buenos Aires, Argentina: 103
18. Stockholm, Sweden: 101
19. Hong Kong: 99
20. Rome: 96


Top 20 country ranking by number of association meetings organized in 2016


Country / Number of Meetings


1. United States: 934
2. Germany: 689
3. United Kingdom: 582
4. France: 545
5. Spain: 533
6. Italy: 468
7. China: 410
8. Japan: 410
9. Netherlands: 368
10. Canada: 287
11. Portugal: 287
12. Austria: 268
13. South Korea: 267
14. Sweden: 260
15. Brazil: 244
16. Australia: 211
17. Poland: 195
18. Belgium: 194
19. Argentina: 188
20. Switzerland: 184