The return of the ICCA Country and City Rankings for 2022
ICCA is pleased to announce the return of the annual Country – and City – Rankings for the year 2022 after an absence of two years. The publication of the rankings coincides with the World Health Organization’s recent declaration that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency, thereby emphasising the return to normalcy for the association meetings industry.
At the end of 2022, ICCA made the proactive decision to revert to normal rankings again based on the observation that approximately 85% of all meetings were held in person. However, they do recognise that certain countries and territories were still working within the confines of COVID-19 restrictions.
In a joint effort with dedicated 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), they conducted a brief country and city comparative analysis based on rankings rather than the number of meetings. In addition, ICCA will provide context to in-person versus planned meetings showing how these statistics can be best utilised.
ICCA strongly believes that statistics exist to tell a story, and therefore they offer our members various tools to do this in a comprehensive way. There is not a single country where at least one planned meeting was affected by the pandemic in 2022. The ICCA Database displays the status of each meeting, and in the relevant cases, shows the reasoning behind the organiser’s decision not to run a meeting as in-person.
ICCA is pleased to release the results at IMEX23 in Frankfurt, a time and place when the international meetings and events industry gather, in person.