The new ranking of the International Association of Congresses and Conventions (ICCA) confirms Barcelona's leadership and places it once again as the first city in number of congress attendees -a position it has maintained since 2013- and fourth in number of congresses, only behind Vienna, Lisbon and Paris.
According to this ranking, Barcelona is also the first non-state capital city and the first in the entire Spanish state to have organized the most congresses during 2022, thus accumulating more than 20 years in a row in the Top 5 international congresses. This success in participation, even though there are fewer congresses than other cities, confirms the latest Turisme de Barcelona profile survey, in which more than 60% of congress attendees state that the city chosen as the venue has a decisive influence on the decision to attend a conference or not. congress.
The ranking has been announced today in Frankfurt at the IMEC fair, the benchmark in the congresses and conventions (MICE) sector. "This worldwide recognition as a venue for congresses puts us back on the map as one of the leading destinations in the organization of events and also in scientific and technological excellence, which makes us a very attractive city for the entire health sector. ", maintains the president of the executive committee of Turisme de Barcelona, Eduard Torres.
The list, in which Barcelona has been in the top five positions for 23 years, only counts rotating international congresses between three countries and with a minimum of 50 delegates. Thus, important congresses such as Mobile or ISE are left out, which, if counted, would further strengthen the city's leadership in this sector. "We are a resilient, professional and highly attractive destination for the MICE sector and these ICCA results prove it," said Christoph Tesmar.
The Barcelona Convention Bureau (BCB) is present at the Frankfurt fair with its own stand designed and built with 100% sustainable criteria. For the first time, the BCB will calculate and offset the carbon footprint of stand production and the travel of staff and participating members.