Paris, a capital open to the world

In 2017, the French capital welcomed a total of 1,110 congresses and 773,090 delegates, including 262,850 foreigners, who participated in 54% of the congresses. They represent 34% of the total number of participants, an increase of 7 percentage points compared to 2016.

These observations on international participation were also confirmed by attendance at congresses meeting the criteria of the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association)*, which also jumped by more than 50 %, to 112,000 delegates in 2017, compared to 74,856 in 2016. The city is in 2nd position in the ICCA congress destination ranking.

In 2017, congress activity generated 1.27 billion euros of economic benefits and created more than 21,500 jobs (full-time equivalent) in the meetings industry (venue rental, reception services, catering …) and tourism (transport, hotels, restaurants, outings …).

The health sector remained the most represented sector (33%), followed by technologies (11%) and social sciences (8.5%).

Characteristics of congresses held in Paris in 2017

  • 3 congresses per day on average;
  • 60% were annual congresses;
  • Congresses took place mainly in June, March, October and November;
  • The average duration was 2.2 days (3.1 days for congresses that rotate internationally);
  • 58% were non-rotating congresses (always held in Paris or Île-de-France);
  • 54% were international congresses (at least 20% of the participants were foreign);
  • 73% (808 congresses) had fewer than 500 delegates, and 2.7% (30 congresses) had more than 5,000;
  • 51% of the events were hosted in academic venues. Convention centres hosted 19% of events, but these accounted for 65 %of the number of delegates;
  • 351 venues hosted congresses compared to 343 venues in 2016, an increase of 2.3%.

Download the study on congress activity in 2017

Why Paris?

Anne-Marie Kahrovic, Director of Meetings - International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM):

'The ISMRM annual meeting is on a fixed four-year rotation, with 2018 being the European year of the rotation.  The ISMRM chose Paris as the site of the Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB, 16-21 June 2018, because it was an opportunity to experience not only a new city but one that offered affordable options both for the organization as well as its attendees.'

Click here to see the calendar of future major congresses in Paris