by Lisa A. Grimaldi | September 25, 2013
Since 1963, the number of international association meetings has doubled every 10 years, according to an International Congress and Convention Association study. Conducted in honor of ICCA's 50th anniversary, the 50-year study, titled A Modern History of International Association Meetings: 1963-2012, examines the growth of meetings in the ICCA database since its founding. In that time, ICCA reports, the number of international association meetings (events that are organized by international associations, take place on a regular basis and rotate between at least three different countries) has grown from 1,795 in the five-year period of 1963-1967, to 54,844 in the five-year period from 2008-2012. Cumulatively, the 50-year total of international association meetings comes to 173,432, on which organizers have spent an estimated $56.4 billion.