UIA figures indicate Europe remains buyers’ top choice

Latest figures from the Union of International Associations (UIA) have confirmed the continued downturn in the number of international meetings taking place. The UIA 2002 Meeting Report concludes that the decrease apparent in 2001 is continuing, but at a steady pace, with the number of international meetings down only 3.2% since 1999. The survey collated data from 9,124 international meetings across 180 countries. The report also reveals that the UK has slipped from second to third in the list of top meeting countries, while Spain has knocked Italy from the top five. Canada has claimed a place in the top ten, at the expense of Switzerland. Overall, Europe’s share of the global meetings market for 2002 was down slightly, but it still claimed the majority at 56.7%. It is followed by North America, which, along with Africa, saw a 4% increase in its share of the market. The top five meeting cities remain unchanged, although Brussels has won back the number two spot, pushing London into third place. Barcelona has entered the top ten and Copenhagen has leapt three places, putting it ahead of Geneva and Berlin. Wonderful Copenhagen sales manager, conference and incentive travel, Lene Christensen is pleased with the findings. "Obviously any official indication of success, such as the UIA report, affects the global view of a destination," she said. "I think that Copenhagen has performed well because it is a safe destination that organisers can rely on." Emerging destinations achieving more than a 50% increase in their market share over the last ten years include Iceland, Australia, Fiji, South Africa, Peru, New Zealand, Slovenia, Thailand, Cuba and Turkey. The impact of global situations, such as SARS and the war in Iraq, are likely to have a significant impact on the figures for 2003 and the UIA is currently looking into more effective ways to evaluate the international meeting market. This subject will be the theme of the organisation’s associate members’ meeting, which is due to take place in Brussels from 6-7 October 2003.

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