The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recently released its 2016 Annual Statistics and Rankings, in which Macao jumped from 93rd to 72nd in the worldwide rankings and up to 17th in Asia Pacific. Furthermore, 37 international meetings held in Macao were recognised by ICCA, the highest number of international meetings in the last decade.
According to the latest ICCA Annual Statistics and Rankings, 37 international meetings held in Macao were recognised by ICCA in 2016, posting an increase of 9 events as compared to the total of 28 in 2015, and is the highest number of international meetings in the last decade. As for Asia Pacific ranking, Macao placed 17th in 2016, up four places compared to 2015.
Regarding worldwide city ranking, Macao jumped 21 places to 72nd in 2016 having reached the global top 100 in 2015, and is currently placed above Brisbane (Australia), Auckland (New Zealand), Busan and Jeju (South Korea) thus demonstrating that Macao is a rising star in the conferences and events world and is moving further ahead towards the development of the MICE industry with the strategy 'Priority to Convention'. Additionally, with the gradual completion of large convention and exhibition facilities, the Macao exhibition industry has developed rapidly, attracting more international conferences to the city.
Founded in 1963, ICCA is the world's foremost conference organization and has a membership of more than 1,000 governmental organizations, exhibition-related companies and convention centres in more than 100 countries. Each year, ICCA prepares a report ranking the number of ICCA meetings held in each country and region/city. This authoritative report is widely recognized in the industry and is also an important reference for professional organizers in the selection of ideal conference location.
Macao currently has a total of seven ICCA members from governmental departments, hotels, professional conference organizers and conference service providers.