Australia claims 13th place in latest ICCA global rankings as normalcy returns to APAC


Australia claimed 13th spot in the world for the number of meetings held in 2023, according to International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) latest Country and City Rankings.

The US scored the top spot, followed Italy, Spain, France and Germany. Paris was named the number one city for meetings, followed by Singapore and Lisbon. Sydney was the top Australian city at number 25, followed by Melbourne (35th), Brisbane (76th), Adelaide (150th), Cairns (212th), Perth (228th) and Hobart (248th). Auckland came in at 84.

In the Asia Pacific Ranking, Australia came third behind Korea and Japan in the top spot. New Zealand came in at number 12.

The Asia Pacific City Rankings saw Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo claim the top three spots, with Sydney in 6th place, Melbourne at nine and Brisbane at 14, one spot ahead of Auckland.

The fallout from the pandemic led to a shift towards smaller, more focused events with meetings of between 50 to 149 participants the most common, while larger meetings were less frequent.

The average meeting duration remained relatively stable, with meeting facilities in hotels being the most popular type of venue.

“The research team’s findings included the welcome addition of an Asia Pacific destination into the year’s top five spots,” said Senthil Gopinath, CEO of ICCA.

“This highlights the positive ways in which the region has made strides to return to a sense of normalcy in the years following the pandemic.

“We’re heartened to see that the world of meetings and events has continued to grow and thrive in the face of ongoing challenges and a rapidly changing landscape, including digital and real-life threats, international conflicts, and unfolding geopolitical upheaval.”