Brussels Reinforces Position as No. 1 Association Congress Destination in Europe

27/06/2011 - Union of International Associations

The Union of International Associations (UIA) has just published its international rankings of congress cities for the year 2010. For the second consecutive year Brussels maintains its top place in Europe and second worldwide, just after Singapore.

According to the UIA, Brussels hosted 474 meetings in 2010, placing itself behind Singapore with 596 meetings but ahead of Paris (320 meetings) and Vienna (224 meetings).

An important finding from this 2010 edition is that Brussels shows the largest increase of all destinations in the number of meetings. The gap is narrowing between Brussels and Singapore in first place.

The UIA criteria include meetings with a minimum of 300 participants from five different nationalities, lasting for at least five days. These criteria also stipulate that at least 40% of participants must be foreign. The statistics are based on 12,015 international congresses held throughout the world in 2010, compared with 11,929 in 2009.

With 474 meetings, Brussels hosted 4.9% of the world’s international congresses. This compares with 423 in 2009 and only 271 in 2006.

Belgium is now ranked in 4th place, whereas in 2006 it was not even in the top 10. Brussels accounted for 82.9% of the total number of congresses organised in Belgium in 2010.

The Belgian Presidency of the European Union certainly played an important role in these strong results.

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