Most popular meeting destinations for 2019 revealed

The global index reveals which destinations trended in 2019 and which are tipped to lead in 2020.

The most popular global meeting and incentive destinations for 2019 have been revealed in the latest Global Destination Index.

Produced by Global DMC Partners, a global network of independently owned destination management companies (DMCs), the index is based on data collected from nearly 7000 meeting and incentive programs in the over 500 destinations.

The top global destinations for meetings and conferences for 2019 are as follows:

  • Paris
  • Copenhagen
  • Chicago
  • San Francisco
  • Budapest
  • Orlando
  • Barcelona
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Prague
  • Las Vegas

The top global destinations for incentives in 2019 are:

  • Costa Rica
  • France
  • Bahamas
  • Italy
  • Miami
  • Budapest
  • Lisbon
  • Prague
  • Cancun
  • Aruba

To compile the index, Global DMC Partners evaluated leads received from their global client base of meeting and event planners around the world.

Global DMC partners President and CEO Catherine Chaulet said the widespread data results in some surprising destinations being listed.

“Because our client database is global, we are able to see some surprising destinations that show up on either list or on both and provide valuable insights,” she said,

“For example, Budapest is a popular location for European meetings but also a top pick for incentive trips from the Americas.”

The Global Destination Index also revealed meeting and incentive destinations that are already trending for 2020.

The following destinations are expects to be popular for meetings and conferences in 2020:

  • San Diego
  • Nashville
  • Singapore
  • Las Vegas
  • New Orleans
  • Tokyo
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Austin
  • Bahamas
  • Phoenix 

Meanwhile, the following destinations are tipped to be the top incentive destinations in 2020:

  • Greece
  • Bahamas
  • Costa Rica
  • Budapest
  • Aruba
  • Iceland
  • New York
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Puerto Rico

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