The United States and Singapore are at the top of the meetings industry according to research released by the Union of International Associations, though the world overall is seeing a bloom in the number of events taking place. In the 57th Annual Meetings Statistics Report, UIA found 458,000 meetings to count worldwide, up from 428,000 the previous year. The United States was the No. 1 country in the survey, hosting 930 meetings, or 7.8 percent of the total number of meetings taking place, while Singapore was the No. 1 city with 736, or 6.3 percent of all meetings.
Korea Republic, Belgium, Singapore, and Japan round out the top five countries, with the next five positions all held by European locations. Brussels, Seoul, Paris, and Vienna occupy the other top spots for meeting-heavy cities, with a mix of Asian and European destinations filling spaces six through 10 in the researcher’s findings.
Meetings counted include those organized or sponsored by international organizations, as well as some national meetings with international participation organized by national branches of international associations. The full report (www.uia.org) includes trends in participant numbers and a five-year preview of the meetings industry based on upcoming meeting schedules by location.