Paris returns as the number one city for meetings and events

Paris has returned as the top city for meetings, according to the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) Country & City Rankings report.

Paris climbed to the top of the city rankings by number of international association meetings with a landslide margin of 40 meetings above second place holder Vienna.

In 2017, Paris and Vienna held joint second place, with 190 meetings each. Last year’s number one Barcelona falls to fourth place, with Madrid entering the top five for the first time since 2015 in third place. Among the top five cities for another year, Berlin fell to fifth place from fourth in 2017.

Remaining in the top 10 but changing position are London, Prague, Singapore and Lisbon. London, Singapore and Prague dropped to seventh, eighth and ninth place respectively, and Lisbon climbed three positions to hold sixth place. Bangkok rose seven places from 17th to 10th, knocking Seoul out of the top 10.

Seoul fell to 15th place, surpassed by top 20 risers and joint position holders Amsterdam and Tokyo, which jumped from 16th to 13th place and 18th to 13th place respectively. Buenos Aires remained in 11th place and Hong Kong rose to 12th. Dublin dropped four places to 18th, and Stockholm held 19th place for another year. Montréal, QC and Rome dropped out of the top 20, and newcomers Brussels and Taipei enter in 17th and 20th place.

1. Paris – 212
2. Vienna – 172
3. Madrid – 165
4. Barcelona – 163
5. Berlin – 162
6. Lisbon – 152
7. London – 150
8. Singapore – 145
9. Prague – 136
10. Bangkok – 135
11. Buenos Aires – 133
12. Hong Kong – 129
13. (tie) Amsterdam – 123
13. (tie) Tokyo – 123
15. Seoul – 122
16. Copenhagen – 120
17. Brussels – 112
18. Dublin – 104
19. Stockholm – 103
20. (tie) Budapest – 100
20. (tie) Taipei – 100