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On Monday, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) released its annual rankings of the top country and city destinations for international association meetings.
There were few surprises in the countries ranking. 2013’s top ten countries for international association meetings remained the same as 2012's, with the United States, Germany, and Spain (in order) rounding out the top three. Although the countries in the top 10 are the same in 2013, France leapfrogged the United Kingdom to take over 4th place, while Japan climbed to 7th and China moved up two places to 8th. Brazil and the Netherlands weren’t so fortunate, and fell to 9th and 10th place, respectively.
There were some big changes in the cities ranking, however, with Paris dethroning reigning champion Vienna for first overall. The Austrian capital, which had held the top ranking since 2005, fell to 3rd place, with Madrid climbing two spots to 2nd.
ICCA’s CEO Martin Sirk hailed 2013 as another strong year for international association meetings, noting that the outlook for the industry is much better than in previous years. “The international association meetings sector is a solid, reliable performer…every serious meetings destination, internationally ambitious venue, and forward-thinking meetings management company should include international associations in their marketing and development strategies” Sirk said in a press release.
For the full rankings and further details, click here.