by Lisa A. Grimaldi and Michael j. Shapiro | June 01, 2017
The United States was the top country for large association conventions in 2016, hosting 934 such events, according to newly released rankings from the International Congress and Convention Association. Rankings are based on the number of association meetings that take place on a regular basis and rotate between a minimum of three countries.

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 events per ICCA's rankings, hosting 196 last year. It was followed by Vienna (186 meetings); Barcelona, Spain (181); Berlin (176), and London (153). Rounding out the top 10 list are Singapore; Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Madrid, Spain (tied); Lisbon, Portugal; and Seoul, South Korea.

Meetings technology provider Cvent issued its 2017 lists of the top destinations for meetings around the world in May. The results were based on an analysis of more than 5,000 U.S. cities in the Cvent Supplier Network, and more than 3,300 additional cities globally. The network, which includes about 245,000 properties in total, handled nearly $11 billion worth of sourced meetings last year. Cvent named the top 50 cities in the United States, and the top 25 each in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia Pacific regions.

Topping the U.S. list for the fifth time in six years was Orlando. Las Vegas and Chicago --which have jockeyed for the number-one position -- followed in the second and third slots. Phoenix moved up three spots since last year, to number 10. New York City, number nine, led all U.S. cities in average daily rate, at $328 per night, eclipsing the national average of $204.

In the EMEA region, London and Barcelona maintained their number-one and -two spots; Munich, Germany, made its top-10 debut at number nine. Average daily rate was relatively flat across the top 25 cities, dropping from US$216 to US$215 year-over-year. London had the region's highest average rate, at US$286.

In the Asia Pacific region, Singapore and Sydney, Australia, held the top two spots. Bangkok, Thailand, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, were third and fourth, respectively. The region's average daily rate fell from US$204 in 2015 to US$197 in 2016. Tokyo, number eight among cities, had the highest ADR at US$313.

For the full result's of ICCA rankings; for Cvent's.