Intelligence US tops ICCA’s Destination Performance Index 2021 but China is best for hybrid meetings By TTGmice / Posted on 8 August, 2022 16:28 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter ICCA’s latest Destination Performance Index (DPI) has identified the US as the top performing country for association meetings, based on high scores for four of the six indicators – planned events, virtual events, digitalisation, and business continuation. The DPI, which adopts a new methodology for a more accurate view of association meetings performance following pandemic disruptions, now examines 8,000 international events scheduled for 2021, based on six performance indicators – planned, unaffected, virtual, hybrid, digitalisation, and business continuation. When combined, the indicators represent the overall DPI, highlighting how destinations have performed with regard to winning the original bid, Covid policies, adaptability, and technological capabilities to convert on-site events into virtual/hybrid formats. China is the top country for hybrid meetings in ICCA’s latest Destination Performance Index; Shanghai pictured The US had 512 planned meetings, 32 unaffected meetings, 268 virtual meetings, 54 hybrid meetings, 322 digital meetings and 352 in terms of business continuation. Breaking down the rankings by each performance indicators, the US, Spain and Japan are the top three for planned events; Spain, US and Germany for unaffected events; US, UK and Japan for virtual meetings; China, Japan and South Korea for hybrid meetings; US, Japan and Spain for digitalisation of meetings; and US, Spain and German for business continuation. Top performers by individual indicators The DPI noted that Europe was a strong performer as an association meeting destination during the pandemic. Seventy per cent of the top 20 countries and 80 per cent of the top 20 cities are European. Denmark and Greece replaced Argentina and Brazil in the top 20 countries for meetings. Austria made the biggest jump, from 16th to 11th place. Italy claimed fifth place from the UK. Spain jumped two spots since 2019 to become the second meeting destination globally. Facing stricter Covid policies than many other meeting destinations worldwide, China Japan, and South Korea embraced new technologies to go hybrid. In fact, due to their high number of hybrid meetings, the South Korea replaced the Netherlands in the top 10 country destinations. Among destination cities, Montreal (19th) and Dubai (21st) were both outliers within their respective regions. Montreal was the only North American city in the top 20. Dubai ranked first for unaffected meetings and was the only Middle Eastern city represented in the six individual top 20 rankings. Meanwhile, Budapest, Porto, and Stockholm are all newcomers to the top 20 DPI for cities.