What will be the top 10 destinations for meetings and events next year?

Global DMC Partners reveals its predictions for the top meeting and incentive destinations in 2019.

Global DMC Partners has published its 2018 Global Destination Index, which presents the most popular meeting and incentive destinations around the world for 2018, and identifies up-and-coming markets that are already trending for 2019.

Trending destinations are already seeing a boost in interest from meeting planners for programmes operating in 2019, compared to the interest that was shown for the destination for meetings or incentives operating in 2018.

The 2019 Meeting & Incentive Destination 'hot list' is:

  1. Costa Rica
  2. Bahamas
  3. Malta
  4. Puerto Rico
  5. Morocco
  6. Croatia
  7. St. Lucia
  8. Denver/Colorado Springs
  9. South Africa
  10. Thailand

President of Global DMC Partners, Catherine Chaulet, said: "Identifying destinations for this list helps us present secondary markets and those intriguing destinations that our clients will soon discover are also perfect for meetings and incentives. Flight patterns, cost-effective local options, and a wide range of unique activities are just a few of the reasons why these destinations are already showing popularity for 2019."

The data was compiled based on analysing data from over 6,000 meeting and incentive programmes across 2018 and 2019 in over 500 destinations that Global DMC Partners represents.

The results also show the top 10 international and Northern American cities for meetings and incentives in 2018.

Top 10 International Cities for 2018:

  1. Paris
  2. Amsterdam
  3. Munich
  4. Stockholm
  5. Vienna
  6. London
  7. Barcelona
  8. Berlin
  9. Prague
  10. Rome

Top 10 North American Cities for 2018:

  1. Las Vegas, NV
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Miami, FL
  5. New York, NY
  6. San Francisco, CA
  7. San Diego, CA
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Los Angeles, CA
  10. New Orleans, LA

Chaulet added: "It is important to us to review this data each year because our industry has an enormous impact on the global economy, taking millions of people around the world every day.

"Destinations in Asia, like Singapore and Hong Kong, and in the United States, such as Nashville, Seattle, and Austin, were also in high demand for meetings and incentives occurring in 2018."

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