by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 13, 2013
The U.S. was once again the number-one country for large association conventions in 2012, according to the newly released rankings from the International Congress and Convention Association. The other top-10 countries showed little change in ranking, with the U.S. followed by Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Brazil. Rebounding from the cancellations that followed the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, Japan jumped back into the top-10, from 13th a year ago to 8th place. Netherlands remained ninth, and China, which last year was eighth, took the 10th spot this year. In ICCA's city rankings, Vienna, Austria, was number one, followed by Paris; Berlin; Madrid and Barcelona, Spain; London; Singapore; Copenhagen, Denmark; Istanbul, Turkey; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. 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. Download the full list here. More ranking details will be available later this month.