Oman is ranked second in the Middle East in the conference sector, according to the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) 2019 Statistics Report. The number of conferences sultanate hosted increased by 33% over 2018.
For the second year in a row, Barcelona tops the city ranking and the US is still the country title holder. Barcelona, 4th in the ranking by number of meetings, tops the chart for estimated total number of participants with an impressive 157,000 delegates. ‘Unsurprisingly, given its high rankings for the number of meetings, Paris comes in second place, followed by Madrid, then Lisbon, which are only separated by 500 delegates.
‘Vienna and Berlin dip slightly in the rankings, moving down to 5th and 6th, while London enters the top 10 moving into the 7th spot. Milan, takes the 8th slot and joins the likes of Hamburg, Prague, Beijing and Athens, all making the top 20 city rankings after not appearing in last year’s statistics,’ stated an ICCA press release.
In the country rankings, titleholders USA remain in first position with 357,000 delegates hosted, followed by Spain, Germany, France and Italy making the top five. United Kingdom remain in 6th place followed by Japan, China, Canada and Netherlands, making the top ten.
Oman’s achievement comes within the exerted efforts and the joint coordination between the stakeholders of the Oman Conference Office at the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) and the sector partners which continue to work to increase and attract more regional and international conferences to the sultanate.
‘These efforts culminated in continuous success for the conference tourism in Oman. One of the most promising tourism sectors, conference tourism seeks to make the sultanate a distinguished destination for meeting and conferences in the region, because of its positive return on the tourism sector in particular and the national economy in general,’ stated MoT.
The ICCA report showed that the sultanate progressed last year to the second place regionally, in terms of the number of conferences it hosted (33% over 2018).
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