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Vienna in 4th place in the UIA International Meeting Statistics

Of the international meetings hosted in Vienna in 2018, 401 met the UIA criteria for inclusion, placing it 4th in the list topped by Singapore (1,117). In second and third place came Brussels (733) and Seoul (431) respectively. Amongst the top ten Vienna is followed by Tokyo (313), Paris (259), Madrid (190), London (183), Barcelona (148), and Geneva (145). This latest success in the global ranking reflects the growth achieved by Vienna's conference industry in 2018: At EUR 1.198 billion, in 2018 Vienna’s contribution to Austrian national value creation once again exceeded the billion mark. "I'm delighted that Vienna has again succeeded in achieving a top ranking in a globally very competitive environment and I thank everyone in the Viennese meeting industry, including the congress centers and venues, the hotels and agencies, and of course the customers who we persuaded to come to Vienna. Vienna's good performance is the outcome of excellent cooperation," stresses Christian Woronka, Head of the Vienna Convention Bureau (VCB) and Market Management at the Vienna Tourist Board. "As part of the Visitor Economy Strategy 2025, we will work together with the stakeholders to continually develop our destination offerings for the meeting segment in order to further strengthen our future position in the top league," says Woronka.

Austria achieved 6th place in the country rankings, having hosted 472 events. Singapore came top with 1,177 events, followed by South Korea (854) and Belgium (849). The USA lies in 4th place (592) ahead of Japan (579), Austria, France (455), Spain (441), the UK (329), and Germany (296). In 2018 Vienna contributed around 85% to the overall Austrian result.

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