Paris once again the leading city in the ICCA 2016 classification which lists international congresses*. With 196 congresses recognized by ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association), Paris is ahead of Vienna, Barcelona, Berlin and London. Ranked first in 2014 and second in 2015, Paris reaffirms its position as World capital of congresses.
Small and very large congresses were up in number in 2016: congresses with less than 500 congress attendees increased by 5% while congresses with more than 5,000 participants increased by 22% compared with 2015. The number of medium-sized congresses, from 500 to 5,000 participants, remained stable.
The Health sector accounted for the majority of congresses (37%) followed by Technology (11%) and Science (8%).
In 2016, congress activity generated €1.2 billion in economic benefits.
Leading international congresses won for the next few years
- 2017 : 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science, 102nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention, 30th ECNP Congress, 7th ECTRIMS Congress
- 2018 : The International Liver Congress, 28th International ERS Congress
- 2019 : ESC Congress
*Criteria of ICCA rankings: Rotate in at least 3 different countries/ A minimum of 50 participants / Take place on a regular basis