Convention statistics - TagungsBarometer Cologne

  • TagungsBarometer Köln 2018 © CCB/EITW 2019
    © CCB/EITW 2019
  • Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB) publishes TagungsBarometer (Conference Barometer) for 2018

  • Dynamic convention destination with significant growth

  • Corporate events top the list of conferences and congresses

  • UK is the top international source market

The more than 50,000 events held in Cologne in 2018 represent a 6.5 per cent increase compared to the previous year. The number of participants increased by 8.5 per cent compared to the figure for 2017. One reason for the growth in both areas was the significant rise in the number of event venues, with 17 new venues bringing the total from 174 to 191. The new venues in Cologne in 2018 consisted of a convention centre, two conference hotels and 14 event locations, which mostly have smaller seating capacities. The new venues include new ones as well as re-openings of existing ones after renovations. In addition, the number of events held in conference hotels in particular showed very positive development, with an increase of 6.6 per cent.

Organizers of corporate events continue to top the list of conventions and congresses, accounting for 68 per cent of the total. Banking and insurance are still the most important sectors in this category, followed by medical and pharmaceutical companies. They are followed by communication companies, which once again occupy third place after being in fourth place in the previous year.

In the comparison of international event organizers, the UK was once again the most important source market for Cologne, followed by the USA. They were followed, at a certain distance, by Austria, the Netherlands and a newcomer to the Top 5: Italy.

These figures are based on the results of the current TagungsBarometer (Conference Barometer), a survey of convention centres, conference hotels and event locations that is conducted regularly by the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB) in cooperation with the Europäisches Institut für TagungsWirtschaft (EITW).

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