From left: Senthil Gopinath, regional director, Middle East,ICCA and Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA From left: Senthil Gopinath, regional director, Middle East,ICCA and Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA

Middle East Leads ICCA Meetings Market

According to the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) ranking, the Middle East represented the fastest growing region in hosting international association meetings in 2016.

The region has achieved growth of 250 percent, said to be the largest global rise, from 100 meetings held in 2007 to 255 in 2016, significantly contributing to the record year with 12,212 ICCA registered rotating international meetings worldwide. 

Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA, explained, “[…] The association sector is taking off in the Middle East, driven by growth in an educated, professional middle class, a desire for professional education, standards and accreditation, and an understanding by international associations that this is a market of great long-term potential […].”