Cologne, February 21, 2017
- The Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB) publishes its convention statistics for 2016
- Cologne’s market for congresses and conventions posts a slight increase in events, participants and locations by comparison to 2015
- Sectors remain the same, shift in organizers’ countries of origin
- Figures for the first half of the year are lower than for the second; the outlook is positive
Cologne’s market for congresses and conventions is looking back at a generally constant event year. That’s the conclusion of the current TagungsBarometer, 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). Approximately 48,700 events attended by a total of 3.82 million participants were held in Cologne in 2016. That represents a small increase by comparison with the previous year (+1.6 per cent and +1.7 per cent). The city also slightly expanded its number of event locations in 2016. It now has more than 95 event locations, 55 conference hotels and 19 convention centres. At the same time, there was an increase in the occupancy rates of these venues. In general, small and midsized events performed better in 2016 than they did in the previous year.