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Paris earns the distinction "world’s number one destination for international congresses"

The ICCA, the international organization that is a reference for the market, has just declared Paris the “world’s number one city for hosting international congresses”. A distinction that testifies once again to the appeal of Paris and the quality of its expertise in hosting major events.

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the international organization that is a reference for the market, has just declared Paris – for the second consecutive year – the “world’s leading city for hosting international congresses”. The rankings are based on congresses that take place at regular intervals, attracting at least 50 participants and rotating in three countries. With 214 international congresses accounted for by the association, Paris outstrips Vienna (202) and Madrid (200).

‘It is a strong indicator of the appeal of Paris and recognition of the quality of our expertise in hosting major events. As the city with the most dynamic economy in the Euro zone, Paris is seen by professionals worldwide as a hub for business tourism’, acclaims Jean-François Martins, deputy mayor in charge of tourism.

These rankings come in addition to the survey published by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau on 'Congress activity in Paris in 2014'. It numbers 978 congresses held in Paris last year, which represents a rise of 1.2% compared to 2013. The number of participants also showed a sharp increase, with 688,690 people (+3.4%), i.e. an average of 704 people per event (compared to 689 in 2013). The congress sector alone now accounts for 9% of business overnights in Paris.

1.1 billion euros in economic benefits
Laying aside the criteria of the ICCA, Paris hosted 252 international congresses in 2014, up 7.7% compared to 2013. The share of international congress attendees (33%) thus saw an increase of 2 percentage points out of the total number of participants.'These congresses, for which Paris is a choice destination, are therefore of strategic importance. Their public spend an average of €344 per day, compared to €212 for national congresses. They alone generate 64% of the economic benefits of a congress’, underlines Nicolas Lefebvre, Managing Director of the PCVB. In total, the economic benefits from the sector for Paris’s economy are estimated at 1.1 billion euros (+ 2.6% compared to 2013), of which 23% is direct spending – linked to the organization of a congress – and 77% is indirect spending (accommodation, restaurants/catering, leisure and entertainment, shopping, etc).

Medical congresses are still the most numerous
The five main subject areas – medical science, technology, sciences, economy and social sciences – accounted for 69% of congresses in 2014, and 81.2% of congress attendees. The most represented subject area was medical with 365 congresses (37% of total congresses): they accounted for 53% of the overall economic benefits.

Scientific places were favoured venues (35% of congresses), followed by congress centres (23%), meeting rooms (17%) and hotels with conference rooms (14%). Due to their large size, congress centres were the places that hosted the most congress attendees (65% of the total number).

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