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London still ‘top meetings destination’, while Eastern Europe makes gains

London has been named the top meetings destination for the fifth consecutive year.

Cvent, the meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider, has released its annual list of the Top Meeting Destinations for meetings and events in Europe.

The UK capital retained its number one ranking as the most popular destination for business meetings and events. Three other U. cities also featured in the Top 25 ranking:  Birmingham (up five spots to 15th), Manchester (up two spots to 20th) and Edinburgh, new to the list at number 22.

The  UK and Germany, with four cities each, are now tied with the most destinations on the list.

In Germany, Berlin continues to grow in popularity, moving up one spot to number two this year, and Hamburg is now number 21 – moving up two places from last year.

The list is based on meeting and event booking activity through Cvent’s venue sourcing sites, including the Cvent Supplier Network, through which $16bn in business was sourced in 2018.

Tracy Halliwell, director of Conventions & Major Events at London Convention Bureau, said: “We’re delighted to retain our top ranking for the fifth year in a row, offering further proof that London is a leading global destination for meeting and business events. London is a truly dynamic city with a range of new venues, hotels and experiences opening all the time to suit a range of tastes and event concepts. London remains an open, diverse city and we look forward to welcoming more meetings and events from all over the world.”

Elsewhere Eastern European cities are gaining momentum.

Prague has moved back into the Top 10, moving up three places from last year, whilst Istanbul has broken into the Top 25.  Budapest is now number 16 (up two places from last year), whilst Warsaw has also made it in to the Top 25 for the first time at number 24.

The top 10 cities in Europe for 2019 are:

  1. London, England
  2. Berlin, Germany
  3. Barcelona, Spain
  4. Paris, France
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Madrid, Spain
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Rome, Italy
  9. Prague, Czech Republic
  10. Munich, Germany

To see the full list of Europe’s Top Meeting Destinations, please visit here.