The Union of International Associations’ (UIA) latest International Meetings Statistics for the Year 2012 have been released with Singapore, Japan and the US holding the top places for the country rankings and Singapore, Brussels and Vienna for city rankings.
The top 10 country rankings show little change but in the city rankings Copenhagen, Madrid and London have returned to the top 10 bumping out competitors Berlin, Geneva and Budapest.
The total number of meetings in the UIA database and those included in the report have grown four per cent year-on-year with 116 countries and 1,374 cities represented.
The statistics are based on information systematically collected by the UIA Congress Department and selected according to strict criteria maintained over the years, thus enabling meaningful comparison from year to year.
Meetings taken into consideration include those organised and/or sponsored by the international organisations which appear in the Yearbook of International Organizations and in the International Congress Calendar, i.e. the sittings of their principal organs, congresses, conventions, symposia, regional sessions grouping several countries, as well as some national meetings with international participation organised by national branches of international associations.
Not included are purely national meetings as well as those of an exclusively religious, didactic, political, commercial, or sporting nature, and corporate and incentive meetings, the survey of these specific markets not being within the scope of activities of the UIA.
Last year’s results saw the UK fall out of the top 10 rankings.
For the past 64 years, the UIA has undertaken, for the benefit of its members, statistical studies on the preceding year’s international meetings. The complete 80 page report is also available for sale to the public following a period of three months’ exclusive use by UIA Associate Members; it will be available to non-members from September 1st 2013.
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