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Top 3 European Cities For Meetings

Competition between European cities to attract meetings and events is incredibly fierce. Not only are countries competing against each other for big events, but smaller markets within these countries are investing to lure events away from major cities. Cvent, an event management tech firm, released its latest stats this week.

1. London


Total meeting hotels: 784
Total sleeping rooms: 88,870
Convention center space: 100k square meters
Largest exhibit space: 93k square meters
Largest ballroom: 100k square meters

This has been a great year for the city, says Business Tourism & Major Events director Tracy Halliwell. Some of its biggest events have included the European Society of Cardiology’s congress, Advertising Week Europe and London Technology weeks.

2. Barcelona


Total meeting hotels: 408
Total sleeping rooms: 33,404
Convention center space: 100k square meters
Largest exhibit space: 11,340 square meters

It’s the second largest city in Spain and home to Barcelona-El Prat Airport, eight miles from the center of the city. Seaside is the Barcelona International Convention Centre, which has an auditorium big enough to hold 2,400 people, 45 meeting rooms an exhibit hall that can hold 10,000 people. The city also has over 500 hotels, 150 of them with 3-5 stars.

3. Paris


Total meeting hotels: 1,511
Total sleeping rooms: 101,282
Convention center space: 430k square meters.
Largest exhibit space: 72k square meters

Paris is home to three airports and two main meeting facilities, including Le Palais des Congres de Paris, which has over 430k SF of space, including almost 200k for exhibit space, four auditoriums and 105 meeting rooms. The second venue is the Paris Porte de Versailles, which has over 2M SF of indoor and outdoor space. Hotel rooms are also plentiful with the 957-room Pullman Paris Montparnasse and the 929-room Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile. 

Find the rest of Cvent’s list here