Riga enters AMEX top 10 European meetings cities list

Riga is the ninth most popular meetings and events city in Europe, with London, Paris and Amsterdam making up the top three, according to the American Express Meeting & Events Global Meetings Forecast 2016.

Riga, Latvia
Riga, Latvia

The research, which is based on the activity of the company’s customers, showed that Riga in Latvia had made the list for the first time. Meanwhile, Amsterdam took Barcelona’s place as the third most popular destination, while the Spanish city fell to eighth place.

The full list can be found below:

  1. London
  2. Paris
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Brussels
  5. Frankfurt
  6. Munich
  7. Copenhagen
  8. Barcelona
  9. Riga
  10. Berlin

Aigars Smiltans, marketing and communications director at Meet Riga, said the increased activity in Riga was due to the convention bureau’s hard work in position the city as a C&I destination. "I think Riga offers good value for money and is still a relatively affordable destination," he explained. "We also have a unique culture and there’s a huge amount of choice, in terms of both venues and incentive activities. We offer meeting planners something different." He added that while the majority of event business came from Russia and Scandinavia, the convention bureau was actively targeting the UK market. 

More:

Event budgets rise for first time since 2010

Zibrant's Richard Parker joins American Express

American Express partners with mobile event app provider

• For more breaking news, as well as in-depth features and case studies, sign up to C&IT Magazine's daily Newstracker here

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Royalton Grenada Resort to open March 2020

Royalton Grenada Resort to open March 2020

New resort and spa will be the largest on the Caribbean island of Grenada with 269 suites.

How mental health first aiders can spot workplace exhaustion

How mental health first aiders can spot workplace exhaustion

Awareness of the early signs of burnout can prevent problems further down the line, says Stress Matters' Laura Capell Abra.

8 of the best hotels in Malaysia

8 of the best hotels in Malaysia

A selection of hotels in coastal Penang, the capital Kuala Lumpur and tropical Borneo.

Campfire conferences should replace hotels, buffets and PowerPoint

Campfire conferences should replace hotels, buffets and PowerPoint

Scrap the traditional conference and get delegates out in the wild for a memorable experience, says Top Banana's Emma Collins.

Case study: Mercedes-Benz at Yabuli China Entrepreneurs Forum 2019

Case study: Mercedes-Benz at Yabuli China Entrepreneurs Forum 2019

China's best and brightest entrepreneurs got an in-depth look at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class at the annual conference.

In pictures: The Biltmore, Mayfair to open in September

In pictures: The Biltmore, Mayfair to open in September

Following a multi-million-pound redevelopment, The Biltmore is set to become London's latest luxury hotel.

Activities and hotels in stylish Scandinavia

Activities and hotels in stylish Scandinavia

A look at what the capital cities of Sweden, Faroe Islands and Denmark have to offer.

How event apps can wreck your social media impact

How event apps can wreck your social media impact

Customised event apps can 'silo' your social media amplification, a report from a specialist tech agency has found.

'Best of the Best' hotels and hoteliers chosen by luxury travel network

'Best of the Best' hotels and hoteliers chosen by luxury travel network

The ten winners of Virtuoso's 2019 awards chosen by 20,000 professional travel advisors.

5 inspiring sports stadiums for events

5 inspiring sports stadiums for events

International sporting arenas that offer impeccable facilities and special experiences for your delegates.

LATEST JOBS