What will be the top destinations for events and incentives in 2020?

Global DMC Partners reveals 2019 destination rankings as well as its hotlist for next year.

Assos in Kefalonia, Greece
Assos in Kefalonia, Greece

Global DMC partners has compiled the most popular destinations of 2019 and its top picks for next year, from data analysis of nearly 7,000 meeting and incentive programmes in more than 500 destinations.

The results of the 2019 Global Destination Index are published each year from by the global network of  independently-owned destination management companies.

It offers a snapshot of the top meeting and incentive destinations around the world for 2019 and global markets that are already trending for 2020. 

Global DMC Partners CEO Catherine Chaulet said: "Companies that focus on socially responsible initiatives through their events and incentives directly contribute to supporting local growth, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and promoting peace in their host destination.

"During a time when travel is more accessible to the masses than ever before, we have a responsibility to inform and educate to alleviate overtourism and undertourism.

"The meetings and events industry must bring awareness to emerging or secondary destinations while showcasing ‘hidden gems’ within popular markets to avoid already overly toured areas."   

The results come from an analysis of leads received from event planners organising meetings, conferences, incentives and business events around the world in 2019 and 2020. 

The data was separated into two categories, meetings and incentives, to show how cities attract different types of groups.

"Because our client database is global, we are able to see some surprising destinations that show up on either list or on both and provide valuable insights," explained Chaulet.

"For example, Budapest is a popular location for European meetings but also a top pick for incentive trips from the Americas."

Top 2019 global destinations for meetings and conferences:

  • Paris
  • Copenhagen
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Budapest
  • Orlando
  • Barcelona
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Prague
  • Las Vegas

Top 2019 global destinations for incentives:

  • Costa Rica
  • France
  • Bahamas
  • Italy
  • Miami
  • Budapest
  • Lisbon
  • Prague
  • Cancun
  •  Aruba

2020 meeting and conference destination hotlist:

  • San Diego
  • Nashville
  • Singapore
  • Las Vegas
  • New Orleans
  • Tokyo
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Austin
  • Bahamas
  • Phoenix  

2020 incentive destination hotlist:

  • Greece
  • Bahamas
  • Costa Rica
  • Budapest
  • Aruba
  • Iceland
  • New York
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Puerto Rico

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