London, UK

Cvent, a market-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, has released its annual list of the Top Meeting Destinations for meetings and events in Europe. For the fifth consecutive year, London retained its number one ranking as the most popular destination for business meetings and events. Three other U.K. cities were also featured in the Top 25 ranking: Birmingham (up five spots to 15th), Manchester (up two spots to 20th) and Edinburgh, which is new to the list at number 22.

With the addition of Edinburgh this year, the U.K. and Germany are now tied with the most destinations featured on the list with four cities each. In Germany, Berlin continues to grow in popularity, moving up one spot to number two this year, and Hamburg is now number 21 – moving up two places from last year.

The lists were compiled based on meeting and event booking activity through Cvent’s venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network, through which more than $16 billion in business was sourced in 2018.

Tracy Halliwell, Director of Conventions & Major Events at London Convention Bureau said: “We’re delighted to retain our top ranking for the fifth year in a row, offering further proof that London is a leading global destination for meeting and business events. London is a truly dynamic city with a range of new venues, hotels and experiences opening all the time to suit a range of tastes and event concepts. London remains an open, diverse city and we look forward to welcoming more meetings and events from all over the world.”

The top 25 cities in Europe for 2019

1. London, England

2. Berlin, Germany

3. Barcelona, Spain

4. Paris, France

5. Amsterdam, Netherlands

6. Madrid, Spain

Frankfurt, Germany

8. Rome, Italy

9. Prague, Czech Republic

10. Munich, Germany

11. Dublin, Ireland

12. Lisbon, Portugal

13. Vienna, Austria

14. Brussels, Belgium

15. Birmingham, England

16. Budapest, Hungary

17. Milan, Italy

18. Athens, Greece

19. Copenhagen, Denmark

20. Manchester, England

21. Hamburg, Germany

22. Edinburgh, Scotland

23. Istanbul, Turkey

24. Warsaw, Poland

25. Stockholm, Sweden

“Business events add $1.5 trillion to the global GDP and the cities featured on this year’s list have invested significant time, energy, and resources into building premier locations that accommodate the unique requirements of the business traveller,” said Chris McAndrews, vice president of marketing for Cvent Hospitality Cloud. “There are some notable shifts in this year’s Top 25 Meeting Destinations in Europe – including the rise of additional regional cities in the U.K. This reflects an ongoing trend in the U.K., where some of the largest cities have undergone significant transformation in recent years to help them attract more MICE business. With its history of driving innovation, rich research hubs, and ease of accessibility, the U.K. continues to position itself as a leading destination to conduct business.”