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The UIA list is relatively unchanged since the previous year, although there has been a measure of re-­‐arranging of the countries within the top 10. For example Spain has climbed from 10th place in 2009 to 6th place in 2010; while Germany has fallen from the 4th to the 7th place within the 12 months separating the UIA surveys for 2009 and 2010.



Mirroring the situation of the top 10 countries, there was very little change from the previous year’s list, but it is worthy of note that of the two European capitals that dropped out of the top 10, one was replaced by Tokyo. Barcelona moved up from 10th place to 6th place in the UIA statistics released this year, underscoring the city’s prominent position (second only to Vienna) in ICCA’s list of the top 10 cities for international association conferences, which is calculated using slightly different criteria to those followed by the UIA.


China’s ongoing economic expansion as well as its vast population continue to make it increasingly attractive not only as a thriving domestic and inbound destination for meetings and events, but also as an outbound market for conferences and incentive trips held in other Asian countries and in other continents.

Quantitative evidence in support of this contention is provided by the China and Asia Meetings Industry Research Report, which was launched at the China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM) in Beijing this summer. The report supplies clear evidence of growth not only for the meetings market within China, but also for the volume of meetings and events inbound to China internationally. And particularly noticeable this

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