Cvent, a meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, today released its annual list of the Top Meeting Destinations for meetings and events in Europe.
For the fifth consecutive year, London retained its number one ranking as the most popular destination for business meetings and events. Three other UK cities were also featured in the top 25 ranking: Birmingham (up five places to 15th), Manchester (up two places to 20th) and Edinburgh, which is new to the list at number 22.
With the addition of Edinburgh this year, the UK and Germany are now tied with the most destinations featured on the list with four cities each. In Germany, Berlin continues to grow in popularity, moving up one place to number two this year, and Hamburg is now number 21 – moving up two places from last year.
The lists were compiled based on meeting and event booking activity through Cvent’s venue sourcing sites.
Tracy Halliwell, director of conventions & major events at London Convention Bureau said:“We’re delighted to retain our top ranking for the fifth year in a row, offering further proof that London is a leading global destination for meeting and business events.
“London is a truly dynamic city with a range of new venues, hotels and experiences opening all the time to suit a range of tastes and event concepts. London remains an open, diverse city and we look forward to welcoming more meetings and events from all over the world.”
The top 10 cities in Europe for 2019 are:
- London, England
- Berlin, Germany
- Barcelona, Spain
- Paris, France
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Madrid, Spain
- Frankfurt, Germany
- Rome, Italy
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Munich, Germany
The research also deduced that Eastern European cities are also gaining significant momentum, with Prague moving back into the top 10 and Istanbul breaking the top 25.
Other UK cities marked great strides this year including Liverpool, Leeds and Reading.
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