India leaps higher in 2017 ICCA global meetings rankings

India has leap-frogged its way up the meetings league table in Asia and the worlds with the release of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) latest ranking of cities that held the most conferences in 2017.

India has jumped to 24th position from 31st globally, and to 5th position from 7th in Asia. “It is a proud moment for India Convention Promotion Bureau (ICPB). We at ICPB are working towards making India as one of the top ten convention destination, worldwide,” said Chander Mansharamani, vice-chairman of ICPB.

Barcelona tops the global list for the first time since 2004 with 195 meetings in 2017, overtaking Paris and Vienna. The association meetings market continues to show robust growth with a record number of 12,558 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2017, with 346 additional meetings compared to 2016. This is the highest annual figure that ICCA has ever recorded in its yearly analysis of the immediate past year’s meetings data.

The cities in this year’s top five remain the same as they have done since 2015, but Barcelona surpasses regular first and second place holders Paris and Vienna to claim the top spot. Vienna is in joint second place with Paris, and Berlin and London are placed in fourth and fifth. Madrid stays in seventh place while last year’s other number seven Amsterdam drops down to 16th place, making way for Prague to climb to eighth place. Singapore, Lisbon and Seoul remain in sixth, ninth and 10th place respectively. Notable risers are Buenos Aires, jumping from 17th to 11th place, Budapest, jumping from 16th to 12th, and Hong Kong, jumping from 19th to 13th. Rome remains in 20th place for another year. Newcomers to the top 20 in 2017 are Tokyo and Montreal.

ICCA ceo Martin Sirk said: “In a world of disruption and unpredictability, the continuing growth in international association meetings is a welcome anomaly, but is not that surprising. We are still in a period of revolutionary change in terms of scientific and technological advancements, which are transforming traditional association fields such as healthcare and trade. To make sense of the tsunami of new data and information, association communities need to meet.”

In the top 10 country rankings, USA remains in the number one position with 941 meetings. Germany and United Kingdom remaining in second and third place, while France drops to sixth place with the rise of Spain and Italy to fourth and fifth and Japan retains seventh place for a second year running. China drops to eighth while Denmark enters the top 20 at 20th place.