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Vienna, the city where more conventions are held annually.

The International Association of Congresses and Conventions (ICCA) is an institution that promotes and monitors these events throughout the world. The ICCA makes a report every year on these conventions, and the cities and countries in which they are made. Its statistics are based on the number of meetings organized by international associations on a regular and rotating basis in a minimum of three countries. This index aims to promote meeting places, and boost the economy of the hotel and tourism sector.

In the 2018 ranking, whose study collected information throughout that year and was published in 2011, 9,210 meetings in more than 340 cities were considered.

Santiago positioned itself in the 33rd place with 58 meetings, and our country also occupied the 33rd place with 97 events, being third in Latin America, after Brazil and Argentina, and also showing that more than half of the meetings are held in the capital.

The ranking of the 10 cities with the most conventions during 2018 is mainly composed of European cities, and none of Latin America. The first five are the same as in the 2007 ranking:

Vienna, (Austria)

Vienna, the city where more conventions are held annually.

It is the capital of Austria and in terms of conventions it is the most popular city, since it has obtained for the first six years in a row. It is the political and cultural center of the country, and it held 154 meetings in 2018.

Barcelona, (Spain)

In 2018, 148 conventions were held in the capital of Catalonia. It is one of the most chosen destinations due to its cultural, financial, commercial and tourist importance. In Barcelona numerous and outstanding exhibitions, congresses and fairs for professionals are organized, every year.

Paris, (France)

The capital of France, is one of the cities that hosts more international organizations, as well as being the most tourist destination in the world. This year contributed 147 meetings.

Berlin, (Germany)

In 2018, 138 congresses were held here. It is the most populous city in Germany, with approximately 3.4 million inhabitants and is the third most visited city in the European Union.


The island of Singapore is a city-state, which is considered the fourth most important financial center in the world. For the 2018 ranking it is scored with 136 matches.

Madrid, (Spain)

He jumped from position 13 to sixth, with 114 conventions. It is the capital of Spain and the largest and most populous city in that country. The International Convention Center of Madrid is currently being built there.

Istanbul, (Turkey)

Turkey’s largest city advanced from 17th to 7th, with 109 congresses. It has a central role in industry, commerce and culture.

Lisbon, (Portugal)

It is the capital and the largest city in Portugal, it contains 27% of the population of the country and its economy is focused on services. In 2018 he had 106 meetings.

Amsterdam, (Netherlands)

It is the largest city in the country, and a great financial and cultural center of international projection. During 2018 it hosted 104 conventions.

Sydney, (Australia)

He jumped from 27th place to the tenth square, with 102 games. It is the largest and oldest city in Australia. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and is the financial and corporate center of the country.

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