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Athens Ranks Among the Top 20 Destinations for Meetings and Events

Climbing to its highest ranking ever at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Annual Report 2019, Athens ranked as the 17th top destination worldwide for association meetings, moving up seven positions from its 24th position in 2018.

This is Athens-Convention & Visitors Bureau is an active member of ICCA whose report and data come in a very crucial time for tourism due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The report showcases an equally dynamic presence of Athens in the European associations’ meetings market, with the Greek capital rising to 12th place for 2019, from its 16th place in 2018.

In total, 107 international association meetings were held in Athens in 2019 with 43,520 participants in comparison to 90 meetings held in 2018 with 36,841 participants. The average total expenditure from all meetings held in Athens in 2019 rose to approximately EUR87,8 million with the average expenditure per delegate per meeting calculated at EUR2,023.

With its remarkable rise in the international meetings industry, Athens is also helping boost Greece upwards in the global meetings sector. Greece has climbed four spots since 2018, now holding the 21st position in the global ICCA rankings for 2019, with 202 international associations meetings. In the European map, Greece rose to the 13th place compared to the 14th in 2018. Germany, France, Spain and the UK are in the top four positions in Europe.