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MICEBTN - May-June • Page 21 incentive events such as the Amway China Leadership Seminar 2017, Prudential Hong Kong Convention 2017 and the Nu Skin Korea Success Trip 2017. These record results continued the 20 per cent year-on-year growth for BESydney’s incentive business over the past dec- ade. Looking forward, BESydney has secured over 130 events with an estimated direct expenditure of A$520m for NSW for 2018 and beyond. And this will continue to grow. Barcelona claims top spot in ICCA rankings Barcelona claims first place in the International Con- gress and Convention Association (ICCA) city rankings by the number of meetings in 2017 for the first time since 2004. ICCA captured a record number of 12,558 rotating international association meetings taking place in 2017, with 346 addition- al meetings taking place compared to 2016. The cities in the top five remained the same as they have done since 2015, but Barcelona passed first and second place holders Paris and Vienna to claim the top spot. With 195 meetings in 2017, Bar- celona knocked Paris down to joint second place with Vienna, with Berlin and London placed fourth and fifth. Madrid stayed in seventh place for another year, and Table 1: Top 20 city ranking by number of meetings organised in 2017 Rank City # Meetings 1 Barcelona 195 2 Paris 190 Vienna 190 4 Berlin 185 5 London 177 6 Singapore 160 7 Madrid 153 8 Prague 151 9 Lisbon 149 10 Seoul 142 11 Buenos Aires 131 12 Budapest 128 13 Hong Kong 119 14 Dublin 117 15 Copenhagen 115 16 Amsterdam 112 17 Bangkok 110 18 Tokyo 101 19 Stockholm 97 20 Montreal, QC 96 Rome 96 2017 Country rankings: USA in first place Since 2016 there has not been much change in the top 10 country rankings, apart from a minor shift in positioning. As it has done for the past two decades, USA remains in the number one position with 941 meetings, seven more than reported at this time in 2016. The cities in the top three have not changed, with Germany and United Kingdom remaining in second and third place after the USA’s first. France exits the top five and drops to sixth place with the rise of Spain and Italy one place to fourth and fifth, and Japan re- tains seventh place for a second year running. China P.R . drops one place to eighth. Portugal drops out of shared 10th place to 11th in 2017. Argentina fell two spots to 21st place and Denmark entered the top 20 at 20th place. Table 2: Top 20 country rankings by number of meetings organised in 2017 Rank Country # Meetings 1 USA 941 2 Germany 682 3 United Kingdom 592 4 Spain 564 5 Italy 515 6 France 506 7 Japan 414 8 China P.R. 376 9 Canada 360 10 Netherlands 307 11 Portugal 298 12 Austria 281 13 Republic of Korea 279 14 Australia 258 15 Sweden 255 16 Brazil 237 17 Switzerland 230 18 Poland 216 19 Belgium 208 20 Denmark 203 Barcelona is top meetings city in 2017... last year’s other number seven Amsterdam dropped out of the top 10 to 16th place, making way for Prague to climb three places to join the top 10 in eighth place. As in 2016, Singapore, Lisbon and Seoul remained in sixth, ninth and 10th place respectively. Notable risers were Buenos Aires, jumping from 17th to 11th place, Budapest , jumping from 16th to 12th, and Hong Kong, jumping from 19th to 13th. Rome remained in 20th place, while Tokyo and Montreal were new to the top 20. The annual ICCA country and city rankings report covers a narrow segment of the meetings industry, only including international association meetings that rotate between at least three countries, have a proven attendance of at least 50 participants, and are held on a regular basis. The ICCA rankings should thus not be mistaken as providing an overview of the entire meet- ings industry. The rankings for all countries and cities will be released in mid-June.