According to the International Convention and Congress Association (ICCA) report published recently, Paris is the 2nd destination in the world for international congresses organised by international associations, remaining among the exclusive club of the top attractive destinations in the world, and announced a record year in 2017 in term of attendance.
In 2017, Paris hosted 190 congress matching the ICCA criteria with 112 000 delegates, versus 196 events and 74 586 delegates in 2016, holding systematically the first top 2 positions in the ICCA ranking since 2010. The city’s scientific program with strong contribution from leading French scientists, a long history of research and innovation in the specific field and support from the French government and Parisian institutions are all contributing factors to its success.
Proof of that are the various major conferences held in the region, some of which with up to 10.000 delegates. Examples are the MS Paris 2017, the 7th joint meeting of ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS which attracted over 10.000 delegates, the 21st ENT World Congress of the International Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Societies (IFOS) in Paris in 2017 with 8,500 delegates, the 9th IAS Conference on HIV in 2017 with 8.000 attendees and the International Liver Congress also gathering over 10.000 people. Later this year, over 22.000 delegates are expected to attend the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress in September.