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. 

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