Barcelona tops ICCA destination ranking

Barcelona is the most popular conference destination for association events according to the latest ICCA statistics. The Catalan capital has moved up four places, while Copenhagen has slipped down one to second place. Stockholm recorded a dramatic climb, which saw it leap from 26th to third place. ICCA CEO Martin Sirk insisted the figures were not an indication of overnight success, but reflected the conference sector’s long-term planning and investment. “Ongoing investment in facilities and infrastructure is one of the main factors behind the success of any destination,” said Sirk. Barcelona’s investment in the C&I market also helped propel Spain to second spot in the country league table – four places up on last year. The US still attracts the most international meetings. As a region, however, North America accounted for just 11% of all meetings held worldwide, while Europe claimed a 60% share. The findings, The International Meetings Market 1995-2004, will be available at the end of this month from the ICCA website iccaworld.com.

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