Which cities will be most popular for meetings and events in 2019?

CWT makes forecast of top 10 EMEA destinations based on bookings during past two years and shows 'second-tier' cities on the up.

CWT Meetings & Events has predicted the top ten cities in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for meetings and events for 2019.

The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published tomorrow. 

The agency's data shows that despite ongoing Brexit negotiations casting uncertainty over how the deal will play out for airlines, visas and border control, the popularity of London as a destination is undiminished for now.

"Border control in the UK is a concern post-Brexit if tighter measures lead to longer queues at airports," said Ian Cummings, vice president, EMEA at CWT Meetings & Events. "Paris will start taking business from the UK if it becomes tricky for attendees to come into the country – especially from Asia."

The 2019 forecast (with 2018/17 positions) in brackets is: 

1. London, UK (1/1)
2. Moscow, Russia (6/-)
3. Barcelona, Spain (5/2)
4. Berlin, Germany (8/3)
5. Hamburg, Germany (-/-)
6. Vienna, Austria (-/-)
7. Stockholm, Sweden (-/-)
8. Cologne, Germany (10/-)
9. Paris, France (2/5)
10. Frankfurt, Germany (-/7)

The 2019 ranking shows four new entries: Vienna, Stockholm, Hamburg and Frankfurt, which returns to the top ten ranking after dropping out in 2018. 

Russia hosting of the FIFA World Cup 2018 is likely to have boosted the appeal of Moscow as a meetings and events destination. Meanwhile, Paris, Barcelona, and Berlin remain popular.

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