Singapore, Seoul, and Taipei have taken the top three spots in Asia-Pacific, according to ICCA’s Country & City Rankings for 2022.
Singapore handled 101 meetings in 2022, followed by Seoul at 66, and Taipei at 55. Rounding off the top 10 Asia-Pacific list, in order from fourth to 10th, are Bangkok, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Melbourne, Kyoto and Jeju.
The rankings return after an absence of two years, when ICCA observed that approximately 85 per cent of all meetings were held in person at the end of 2022.
As for the worldwide rankings, the US topped the list with 690 meetings in 2022, followed by Spain at 528 meetings, and Italy at 522 meetings.
In a joint effort with members, ICCA’s Research team identified over 10,500 meetings of which some 9,000 meetings were held in person, being either unaffected by Covid-19 or held in a hybrid format.
As the association meetings industry is still catching up to the numbers of the last pre-pandemic year (13,254 meetings in 2019), ICCA conducted a brief country and city comparative analysis based on rankings rather than the number of meetings. ICCA will provide context to in-person versus planned meetings showing how these statistics can be best utilised.
ICCA CEO, Senthil Gopinath, said: “This is a tremendous undertaking by our team, one that is most welcomed by our members because the ICCA Country – and City – Rankings always generate huge industry interest. It’s heartening to see the drive towards in-person meetings is once more very strong and we predict this trend will grow throughout the coming year.”