GCB, Press release
17 May 2016

Germany retains its position as number one in Europe and second worldwide in ICCA rankings Berlin is number one city internationally

Berlin leads the International Congress & Convention Association’s (ICCA) annual rankings, hosting 195 meetings in 2015. Germany’s capital city has risen from fourth place last year to pole position this year in both the worldwide and European rankings.


Munich and Hamburg join Berlin in the top 100 worldwide rankings and eight German cities feature in the top 100 European rankings.

Germany retains its place as a global leader in the industry, ranking number one in Europe and second worldwide (only behind the U.S.) for the 12th consecutive year, with 667 meetings.

Germany is set to welcome a wide range of association meetings this year, ranging from the 10th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media ICWSM-16 in Cologne this week and the IATA 138th Slot Conference Association next month in Hamburg, to the 20th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy -ISPD- in Berlin later in the summer and the 28th AACR-NCI-EORTC Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Cologne towards the end of the year.

Commenting on Germany’s long-standing leadership in the global meetings market Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of the German Convention Bureau, said: “Germany’s cities are renowned for using their individual areas of expertise to attract and support conventions and it’s great to see so many of these cities recognised in the latest rankings, with Berlin leading the way.

“It is a great achievement that our country has retained its place at the top of ICCA’s ranking for well over a decade now. We all work hard as an integrated, country-wide destination, service, venue, hotel, convention center and economic development community to deliver one-of-a-kind, sucessful meeting experiences.“


About the GCB

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) represents and markets Germany as a destination for conventions, meetings, events and incentives both on a national and international scale. It is the first point of contact for companies, associations and organisations around the world planning events in Germany.

Acting as a connector to the wide range of German event service providers, venues and host cities, the German Convention Bureau (GCB) provides hands-on advice and support to planners and executives in all industries and organisations. To bring maximum value, quality and customisation to each meeting and event hosted in Germany, the GCB also helps hosts and attendees leverage the country’s deep expertise in green meetings and key industries such as pharmaceuticals, financials, automotive, logistics & transportation, and technology. 

The GCB’s has around 170 members representing over 430 organisations including leading hotels, convention centers, destinations, event agencies and service providers of the German meetings and conventions industry.

Preferred Partners of the GCB are the Hamburg Convention Bureau and the CONGRESS HALL am Zoo Leipzig - Partner of Kongressinitiative do-it -at- leipzig and Maritim Hotels. As Strategic Partners, Lufthansa German Airlines, Deutsche Bahn AG (German Railways), and the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) support the work of the GCB.

The GCB website (www.germany-meetings.com) serves as a useful online tool to find detailed information on Germany, search venues and vendors, get tips for green meetings, catch up on the latest news, access travel guides, and much more. Follow the German Convention Bureau on Twitter: www.twitter.com/GermanyMeetings.


For further information, please contact:

Emma Ward, PR Manager

T: +44 207 736 4022


GCB German Convention Bureau e. V.

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60329 Frankfurt/Main

Tel: +49(0)69-2429300, Fax: +49(0)69-24293026

E-Mail: info@gcb.de


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