The 2018 edition of UIA's International Meetings Statistics Report (59th edition) has been released to Associate Members of UIA. On September 1st it will be available for purchase to all. The Statistics Report shows the geographic distribution of international meetings, and the top countries and cities in 2017. For 2017 there are 10,786 meetings of international associations recorded, in 166 countries and 1,104 cities. With 1,596 recorded meetings South Korea lays claim to the number one spot of host countries in the Report for the first time ever. The top three is completed by Singapore and Belgium with respectively 1,034 and 822 recorded meetings. The city rankings parallel the countries, with Singapore, Brussels and Seoul coming out on top.
While the continents of Europe and Asia are the undeniable giants of the associations meetings industry, all continents host their fair share. For the African continent, South Africa leads the way. In the Australasian-Pacific region it is Australia; for the Americas it is the United States. The Report is compiled from UIA’s extensive database of over 480,000 international association meetings in 248 countries and over 12,000 cities, reaching back as far as 1850.