The latest international congress totals just confirmed by ICCA for 2017 saw Vienna claim joint second place with Paris. With a total of 190 events, the Austrian capital ranked only behind Barcelona (195) and ahead of fourth-placed Berlin (185). Christian Mutschlechner, head of the Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB) at the Vienna Tourist Board explained: “We are delighted with another excellent finish this year, and would like to congratulate our coopetition partner Barcelona on taking top spot.” For more than 20 years, the Vienna and Barcelona convention bureaus have periodically teamed up to acquire events, as there is often a strong strategic argument in favor of cooperation rather than competition, an approach known as ‘coopetition’.
Fifth place in the ICCA ranking went to London (with 177 events), followed by Singapore (160), Madrid (153), Prague (151), Lisbon (149) and Seoul (142). Broken down by country, Austria ranked 12th overall, with 281 events. First place was claimed by the USA (941) followed by Germany (682) and the United Kingdom (592).