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Berlin looks even better in AMI’s alternative ICCA rankings

AMI crunches the numbers on meetings of more than 300 and 500 delegates

Pictured: Berlin

Every year AMI magazine crunches the numbers to compile its own 'alternative ICCA rankings' - based on meetings with more than 300 delegates and 500 delegates respectively.

The big winner in these rankings is Berlin, which finishes second in both instances, hosting 82 meetings with more than 300 delegates and 47 with more than 500. In ICCA’s official rankings – which are based on a minimum attendance of 50 delegates – the German capital finishes in fourth place on 185 meetings.

Germany maintains its position as the second most popular country for meetings when the figures are adjusted to our new criteria, hosting 204 meetings for 300 or more delegates and 105 for 500 or more.

Matthias Schultze, managing director of the GCB German Convention Bureau, said: “We are very thrilled that Germany ranks number one as a meetings destination in Europe and number two in the world. We would like to congratulate all the great meetings destinations in the world for their results.”

Barcelona remains top in the city rankings, with 83 meetings surpassing 300 delegates and 50 surpassing 500 delegtes, while Paris, second in the official rankings, slips to fourth place for meetings over 300 and 500 delegates, hosting 69 and 38 respectively. Vienna, joint second with Paris in the official rankings, fares better, slipping just one place to third for meetings over 300 and 500, hosting 74 and 41 respectively.

London is a fairly significant loser in our alternative rankings, dropping from fifth place in the official rankings (177 meetings) to ninth for meetings attracting more than 300 delegates (48 meetings), and eight for meetings hosting 500 or more (28 meetings).

In the country rankings the USA still prevails, regardless of the size of the meetings. Canada is the big winner here, leaping up from ninth in the official rankings (195 meetings) to fourth in the 300 or more category (165 meetings) and third in the 500 or more category (98 meetings).

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