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ICCA REPORT34 . www.conference-news.co.uk . June 2012June in the global meetings industry. "We've seen consistent annual growth in the number of these meetings throughout the last few years of global economic instability, something no other sector can claim, even though we're also hearing about increasing challenges in raising sponsorship among a sizeable minority of organisers." understandably dropped from seventh to 13th position.The USA saw by far the biggest jump in the number of events held, up by 136 to a new record 759 meetings.ICCA is reporting a year of continued strength in this market sector. In total, more than 10,000 regularly occurring association events were identifi ed by ICCA members as having taken place in 2011, over 800 more than identifi ed the previous year.ICCA's CEO, Martin Sirk, told CN: "There are always going to be short-term competitive changes to annual rankings, some caused by external factors and some by marketing successes."The most important thing to note is that international association meetings continue to be in tremendously good health when compared with the overall situation Number of meetings in the top 20 cities of 2011 - total 10,119234567891011121314161719201741501471421301151141131111081079998989493939283ParisBarcelonaBerlinSingaporeMadridAmsterdamLondonIstanbulBeijingBudapestLisbonSeoulPragueCopenhagenBuenos AiresBrusselsStockholmRomeTaipeiVienna1181

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