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Prague Hosted Record Number of Meetings in 2018

Prague hosted a record number of conferences and congresses in 2018.

Over 4,500 events took place in its collective accommodation establishments in 2018 – that is more than a third of all events held in the Czech Republic.

The Czech metropolis welcomed almost 540,000 delegates from all over the world. At the same time, Prague occupied the ninth position in the international ranking of the most popular meeting destinations this year.

According to the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO), that keeps only the records of meetings held in the collective accommodation establishments and with the attendance over 50 persons, 4,534 conferences and congresses took place in Prague in 2018. That is by 2,2 percent more than in the record year of 2016 and by 3,3 percent more than in 2017. At the same time, it is also 36 percent of all events held in the Czech Republic.

The number of delegates has remained around 540,000 since 2013, while the average number of participants per meeting has been on decline. These facts only confirm the long-term trend when the organisers prefer to hold more events for smaller number of participants.

The total number of meeting participants who arrived to Prague in 2018 was 536,232 – by 1,4 percent more than in 2017.

Prague meeting industry was very successful last year not only on the local level, but also in the international comparison. In the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) global ranking, which rates the destinations based on the number of association congresses and conferences held, Prague has ranked ninth.

It has maintained its position in the world’s top 10 most popular meeting destinations, whereas it ranked eighth in the previous year. As for the national ranking, the Czech Republic has occupied the 26th position.