Hong Kong first as Asia tops ICCA poll

Asia has overtaken Europe as the top destination for international meetings, according to a report out this month from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The annual report, The International Meetings Market 1994-2003, sees Europe take second place and North America third. Of the individual countries, Hong Kong is ranked first, having jumped from seventh. France remains in second place, with the US in third, Germany fourth and the UK in fifth. The US decline is pinned on the events of 11 September. The size of the average meeting has increased slightly too. Approximately 9% of the meetings in the survey were attended by 1,000 or more delegates, while the vast majority (69%) were attended by 20-250. However, these figures are at variance with the number of association meetings per country for 1999-2001. The US retains top place, although the number of meetings dropped from 265 in 1999 to 185 in 2001. The UK is in second place, followed by Germany, Japan and Australia. The number of association meetings per city sees Copenhagen take first place, followed by Vienna, Seoul, Helsinki and Barcelona. Wonderful Copenhagen managing director Lars Bernhard Jorgensen said: “This year promises to be a good year for Copenhagen. Our projections say 2002 will be even better than 2001.” The corporate survey saw 2,118 planners interviewed and association figures are based on the number of congresses in each city with a minimum of 50 participants. l ICCA has appointed Martin Sirk as its chief executive officer from July. He takes over from Tom Hulton.

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