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ICCA Report22 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 65Ten-year trendsthe international Congress and Convention assoCiation's statistiCs report on the international assoCiation Meetings Market 2001-2010 folloWed its annUal rankings report for 2011. We highlight soMe of the trends in the international assoCiation Market identified over the past deCade he ICCA 10-year Statistics Report, The Association Meetings Market 2001-2010, surveyed a market segmented in many ways: by size, by the kind of people who visit the meetings, by the purpose of the meetings as well as many other criteria.When segmenting the international meetings market by initiator, two primary markets can be defined: the corporate market and the non-corporate market. ICCA's area of expertise is in the international association market. This Words edited from iCCA's stAtistiCs report 2001-2010Tembraces medical meetings (the largest segment); scientific and other academic; trade organisations; professional bodies and social groupings. In terms of size, budget, duration and complexity there are massive variations. However, some similarities can be identified: Almost every 'specialty' has an association which holds one or more meetings Most associations have meetings that are repeated at regular intervals The meetings rotate, rarely returning to the same destination within a short time-span. The initiative to host a meeting often comes from a national association It is not unusual to find lead times of five years or more A growing minority of about 25-30 per cent of the decision making processes no longer includes an official bidding procedure, but rather a 'central initiator' who selects the location and venues based on strict criteria.ScopeThe 10-year statistics report is based on the ICCA Association Database, 20012002200320042005events were on the ICCA database, a figure that rose by 4,000 events throughout the following decadeentered the city top 10 rankings and has never left5,262meetings held in Europe were on the ICCA database. Figures for Asia/Middle East were 949, North America, 893 and Latin America, 4313,445Berlinenters the top 10 city rankings and has also held its place there ever sinceParisbecame the most popular city for meetings meeting the ICCA criteria, holding the No.1 position for the next six yearsViennaBelow: timeline of some key figures from the 10-year iCCa statistics report