Barcelona tops world ranking of cities with most conference participants

Barcelona tops world ranking of cities with most conference participants

According to the ICCA ranking, the Catalan capital received 122,877  delegates in 2013, putting it in first place worldwide. Barcelona is the only destination to figure in the top five of the ranking of cities with most congresses every year since 2001.

Barcelona, 27th of October, 2014 – Barcelona has become the world’s top city in  terms of attracting most congress delegates. The capital of Catalonia received 122,877  delegates at 179 conferences last year, according to the International Congress and  Convention Association (ICCA). Barcelona, meanwhile, was fourth in 2013 in terms of  number of conference events, second only to Paris, Madrid and Vienna.

This is the second time in the last ten years that Barcelona leads the ranking of cities that attracts most conference participants. Barcelona was already leading this category  in 2010, when it drew more than 140,000 participants that year, a record for the city’s  congress segment.

Second top destination this decade

A test of the city’s strength in the competitive conference segment is the fact that since  2001, Barcelona is the only city in the world that has stayed in the top five cities with  most conferences held each year. And if you take cities that are not state capitals, then it  is the world’s top performer. In the last decade (2004-2013), it has become the world’s second best city in number of congress participants (926,111), below Vienna (935,156),
but above Paris (878,948).

The city’s latest top-ranking position is based on the strength of Barcelona’s brand, its  ability to host large conferences and also on Turisme de Barcelona’s specialist sector  programme called Barcelona Convention Bureau (BCB), which for 31 years has been advising, planning and helping to bring meetings to Barcelona. Estimates show that in 2013 business tourism generated a direct economic impact of 1,264.26 million Euros in
the city. Amsterdam, Istanbul and Vienna are the only cities along with Barcelona that recorded  more than 100,000 delegates at its conferences in 2013. Just in September, the city  hosted 45,000 participants at important medical congresses, including the European  Respiratory Society, the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of  Europe, and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

The Mobile World Congress is not part of this category

ICCA (www.iccaworld.com) statistics include international conferences that have a  minimum of 50 participants and that regularly rotate between at least three different  countries. The latter is important: Barcelona has positioned itself in the top position of the ICCA ranking without including events like the Mobile World Congress and its 80,000 delegates, which is only held in the Catalan capital. Therefore, if we count conferences with fewer than 50 participants, the number of  delegates attending conferences in Barcelona is much higher than the figure given by  ICCA. According to data collected by Barcelona Convention Bureau, the city attracted  289,191 delegates in 2013.  BCB (www.barcelonaconventionbureau.com) is a specialized Turisme de Barcelona  programme designed to promote the city as a destination for congresses, conventions  and incentive travel. Set up in 1983 and a pioneer in Spain, Barcelona Convention  Bureau offers advisory and planning services for meetings for any company that organises professional meetings.

Turisme de Barcelona
press@barcelonaturisme.cat
93 368 97 00 @BarcelonaInfoEN

You can find the original press release here, at Barcelonaturisme.com.

Firenze host for BTC Italy events exhibition in November

Pre-registrations for the BTC Italy events exhibition to be held in Firenze on the 11 and 12 of November 2014 are now open. The event will be held at Fortezza da Basso Exhibition Centre, a historical masterpiece of the Renaissance.

Why attend BTC Italy? For the same reason most people would not buy a house or purchase a certain product without seeing it: exchange is built on trust and there are many more things to be discovered once you go there yourself.

You will be meeting an incomparable exhibition focused on Italy, covering all types of suppliers along the MICE industry, and whose organiser is TTG Italy ( Rimini Fiera Group), prime provider of communication services and B2B events for the Italian tourism industry.

Attending such an event changes your mindset, by centering your attention on learning, networking and growing.

For exhibitors, this is a chance to present themselves and connect, while for buyers, the real time interaction is far more expressive and valuabe as any webpage, no matter how complex it could be.

Among the spotlight topics of the programme you get to choose from, you will find the importance of social media in the Hotel industry, the Corporate World Challenges and the mystery of the famous Espresso.  The Hard Rock Café evening for buyers, exhibitors and press and the BTC Corporate Programme are available on invitation only (learn more about it and request your invitation here)

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for media:
Elisa Tani
Web Marketing & Communication
press@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 41

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for planner:
Eleonora Odorino
Corporate Events Developer & Sales Office
events@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 43

Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Susanne Hertenberger
Head of Content & PR
s.hertenberger@tmf-dialogue.com
0049 931 9002 110

 

Meeting & Incentive Forum 2015 to be held in Dubai

Around 225 international meeting planners are going to attend the Meeting and Incentive (M&I) Forum Europe Spring 2015, held in Dubai between the 9th and 14th of March 2015. During their stay, the attendees will be able to see the emirate’s transportation facilities, hotels and meeting facilities, including the Gulf region’s first metro service and soon-to-be launched Dubai Tram network.

Source and more information:  Travel Daily News

AIBTM changes its name to IBTM America

AIBTM has received a new name for next year. When the show comes to Chicago next summer, it will be known as IBTM America, a new concept “simple but dynamic”.  IBTM America will remove the costs associated with exhibiting at a trade show by designing a “unique turnkey solution”. IBTM America will have 250 suppliers who will meet with 250 of the most prestigious planners in the global MICE industry.

Source and more information: cimunity.com

Italia Convention Bureau established in Florence

The Italia Convention Bureau has been founded in Florence on June 19th. This new body is responsible for coordinating the promotion of Italy as a venue for all kinds of events from the abroad markets. The Convention Bureau is directed by a Management Committee composed by eight persons. Carlotta Ferrari, director of the Firenze Convention Bureau, has been unanimously elected as President of Italia Convention Bureau.  This proposal has been supported by the Confesercenti-Assoturismo, Confturismo-Confcommercio, Federalberghi, Federcongressi&eventi, Federturismo-Confindustria (Italian associations of tourism and congress companies) and with the agreement of the National Tourist Office and of the Italian MICE industry.  The Convention Bureau will promote Italy as a Mice destination and enhance business opportunities.

Source and more information: traveldailynews.com, cimunity.com

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for media:
Elisa Tani
Web Marketing & Communication
press@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 41

Your contact at Firenze Convention Bureau for planner:
Eleonora Odorino
Corporate Events Developer & Sales Office
events@conventionbureau.it
0039 055 49 733 43

Your contact at tmf dialogue marketing:
Susanne Hertenberger
Head of Content & PR
s.hertenberger@tmf-dialogue.com
0049 931 9002 110

How can social media campaigns work in the meetings market?

Communication in social media and blogs – does it really get out to the planners in the meetings industry? We see various campaigns hitting the market which claim to be MICE campaigns. There mostly travel bloggers are invited to write about the destination. Can anybody let me know what a travel blogger will understand of the needs of a meeting planner? Nothing I guess…. the only relevant content producers in such a campaign are meeting planners themselves… we are pondering over this quite a while and have created the Roadtrip to Norway campaign and the tmf-eventscout concept, which both follow the same line: bring planners into a destination and make sure they have interesting things to tell!

Here are some results of the latest roadtrip to Norway from Feb 27 to March 2: Four German event planners plus a social media captain from our team went to Lillehammer to explore the MICE potential of the destination. The social media captain helps and supports those planners who are not so familiar with social media communication, so the concept for these innovative famtrips embraces all planners – nobody should be scared off participating. In total the group produced 35 posts in Instagram, 33 in Facebook, 24 on twitter and 3 Blogposts edited by the social media captain.

When meeting planners write and comment about their own experiences this is very interesting to their colleagues in the industry. By sharing all news in the planners’ own communities, tmf’s wide network of social media and social network channels plus distribution in our weekly e-mailings and on the MICE newsroom, information really spreads out well in the community. Blog posts about these famtrips rank number 1 in open rates in our weekly newsletters and in the newsroom!

Here you can follow the posts:

Facebook: tmf eventscout

Twitter: @tmf_eventscout

These channels have been installed to allow the use to the guests who do not wish to use their own channels. All posts are bundled here and then re-spread through various networks.

Ask us for more – we will be happy to design a great campaign for you!

IMEX gibt neue Partnerschaften mit VDR und AWMF bekannt

Der Ausrichter der internationalen Messe IMEX gibt zwei neue Kooperationen mit der „Association of German Travel Managers“ (VDR) und der „German Association of Scientific Medial Sociaties“ (AWMF) bekannt. VDR-Mitglieder werden voraussichtlich am „Exclusively Corporate @IMEX“-Event teilnehmen, das bereits 2013 einen großen Erfolg feierte. Die AWMF wird in einem Seminar Einblicke in das Thema der Besteuerung von Events geben. Die nächste IMEX findet auf dem Gelände der Messe Frankfurt GmbH vom 20. bis zum 22. Mai 2014 statt.

Quelle und weitere Informationen: DMM travel news

Airberlin erweitert Flugangebot nach Israel

Ab Sommer 2014 will die Fluggesellschaft airberlin ihr Reiseangebot nach Israel ausbauen. Mit fünf weiteren Flügen sollen dann wöchentlich 17 Mal Passagiere von Berlin, Düsseldorf, München und Wien nach Tel Aviv transportiert werden. Von den Flughäfen Berlin und Düsseldorf kommen damit je zwei Flüge hinzu, ab München sind es drei zusätzliche. Ab Wien stehen dem Reisenden drei Nonstop-Flüge nach Tel Aviv zur Verfügung.

Quelle und weitere Informationen: DMM Travel

Professionelle Meetings in Freizeitparks

Club-Resorts, Ferien- und Freizeitparks bieten neben einem umfassenden und aufwendigen Unterhaltungsprogramm viel Raum für Meetings und Incentives. Deshalb werden sie immer beliebter bei Eventplanern, die Veranstaltungen der etwas besonderen Art organisieren. Das große Plus der meisten Freizeitparks ist, dass sie gemeinsame Dinner und Teambuilding-Aktivitäten in einmaligen Themenwelten ermöglichen. Viele Parkanlagen verfügen auch über Unterkünfte und ausreichend Parkplätze.

Quelle und weitere Informationen: BizTravel

 

Serviced Apartments, eine lukrative Nische

Serviced Apartments sind vollständig eingerichtete Wohnungen, die – im Vergleich zu einem Hotel – mehr Abwechslung, Individualität und Platz zu insgesamt geringeren Kosten bieten. Das Angebot ist besonders für Dauergäste und Vielreisende mit einem Mindestaufenthalt von vier Nächten lukrativ. Seit 2003 hat sich die Zahl der Anlagen auf 500 mehr als verdoppelt, aktuell werden rund 22.000 Apartments gezählt, Tendenz steigend. Vorwiegend internationale Anbieter präsentieren in Deutschland ihre Konzepte und verschaffen dem Trend zu einem globalen Erfolg. Ein künftiges Sigel soll im Angebots-Dschungel mehr Einheitlichkeit schaffen.

Quelle und weitere Informationen: BizTravel