Number of International Association Meetings in Middle East Tripled in Last Decade

The number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings in the Middle East has doubled each decade in the last 50 years, and has more than tripled in the last 10 years, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) reported yesterday.

According to ICCA’s analysis, the Middle East hosted 41 qualifying international association meetings between 1963 and 1967. Between 2008 and 2012, it hosted 1,776.

“Our statistics are proving what we have long suspected: that the world is experiencing an unprecedentedly revolutionary period in terms of knowledge creation, and that association meetings are growing exponentially in tandem, as primary vectors for disseminating that knowledge,” ICCA CEO Martin Sirk said in a statement. “The Middle East joined the Information Revolution more recently than most regions, so it is not surprising to see some of the world’s fastest growth rates here, now that excellent meetings infrastructure has been developed, governments have created knowledge strategies to underpin their economic development agendas, and local demand for education and knowledge-transfer is at an all-time high. We are confident that the region will enjoy even greater international meetings activity in the future, based on these underlying fundamentals.”

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