ICCA reveals new destination rankings by meeting attendees

Country and city rankings by estimated total number of participants published in ICCA's latest statistics report.


ICCA has revealed its alternative take on the growth of the association meetings market, revealing trends that show Barcelona and the US take top spots.

Barcelona was the top city in 2018 by estimated total number of participants, despite the fact that it hosted 49 events less than Paris, the number one city by number of meetings.

Barcelona hosted fewer but larger events. Paris and Vienna, respectively first and second in the ranking by number of meetings, were second and third in the participants rankings.

Berlin came in fifth matching its ranking by number of meetings.

City ranking by estimated total number of participants in 2018.

  Rank    City    2018  
1 Barcelona 134,838
2 Paris 126,243
3 Vienna 104,775
4 Munich 93,443
5 Berlin 87,623
6 Amsterdam 85,549
7 Toronto, ON 84,600
8 Copenhagen 80,618
9 Madrid 71,885
10 Singapore 69,261
11 Lisbon 67,382
12 Buenos Aires 60,848
13 Seoul 58,996
14 London 54,788
15 Montreal, QC 54,122
16 Bangkok 53,668
17 Dublin 51,313
18 Tokyo 48,787
19 Sydney, NSW 48,272
20 Hong Kong 47,630


The US held on to the top country spot with an estimated total of 384,035 participants hosted in 2018. Spain and Germany swapped places compared to the rankings by number of meetings, with Spain in second place and Germany in third.

France stayed in fourth, as with the ranking by number of meetings.

Canada, which came tenth in the ranking by number of meetings, entered into the top five by estimated total number of participants, jumping from 168,000 to 203,000 participants in 2018, at an increase of 20% compared to 2017.

Country/Territory rankings by estimated total number of participants in 2018

RankCountry/Territory2018
1 U.S.A. 384,035
2 Spain 296,825
3 Germany 293,337
4 France 241,044
5 Canada 203,429
6 United Kingdom 181,149
7 Italy 168,578
8 Japan 168,248
9 Netherlands 149,513
10 China-P.R. 146,982
11 Austria 120,981
12 Australia 116,000
13 Portugal 113,154
14 Brazil 106,045
15 Republic of Korea 105,084
16 Argentina 95,632
17 Denmark 91,975
18 Sweden 83,796
19 Switzerland 75,640
20 Belgium 72,846

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