Japan rises, Austria falls in 2012 ICCA rankings

The 2012 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) country and city rankings have been revealed with no real surprises.

The top 10 countries showed little change, with the top seven repeating their rankings, led by the USA, Germany and Spain. United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Brazil are on places four through to seven.

After the aftermath of cancellations due to the earthquake and tsunami, Japan jumped back into the top 10 from 13th to 8th place. The Netherlands remained 9th and China-P.R. dropped from 8th to 10th place. Austria just falls out of the top 10 to 11th place.

For the first time ever, more than 11,150 regularly occurring association events which rotate between at least three countries were identified by ICCA members and ICCA’s in-house research team as having taken place during 2012, over 1,000 more than identified a year previously.

In the city rankings, Vienna retained its number one status with 195 meetings in 2012, and Paris is second again. Berlin climbs one place to third. Spanish cities Madrid and Barcelona are 4th and 5th respectively  and London and Singapore share 6th place. The biggest climber in the top 10 was Copenhagen, taking 8th spot with 137 meetings, 39 more than last year. Istanbul and Amsterdam took ninth and 10th spot, displacing Beijing, which fell three places to 13th.

“Once more our members and researchers have identified that the international association sector has been growing strongly over the last year, as has been the case throughout the last few years of global economic uncertainty. Why is this so?” questioned ICCA CEO Martin Sirk. “Firstly, almost all international associations have a statutory duty to meet on a regular basis, and their annual or biannual main congresses have become increasingly ‘mission critical’ for their communities of members and stakeholders.

“Secondly, economic strength in certain regions of the world is stimulating growth in regionally rotating association meetings, particularly in Asia and Latin America, but we now also see this trend starting to emerge in regions such as Africa and Middle East.

“And thirdly, association congresses are to a large extent driven by scientific, healthcare and technological advances, and we are continuing to live in an era where the accelerated expansion of discovery and innovation is at an unprecedented level, creating entirely new associations and events to share insight into and develop new business from this new knowledge.”

As part of ICCA’s 50-year anniversary a special 50-year edition of its international association meetings Statistics Report A modern history of international association meetings will be published in September 2013.

ICCA’s International Association Meetings Tables are published every year. To be included, meetings must be held on a regular basis, have at least 50 delegates, and rotate between at least three countries.

ICCA country and city rankings are measured by number of meetings organised in 2012.

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