Top 15 International Meeting Cities


In the beginning of the year, Smart Meetings, a magazine dedicated to, as you guessed, corporate event planning, wrote an article listing the top 15 international cities to plan meetings.

Excitingly the only city from North America that made it to the list is Vancouver. It is to no surprise with snow-capped peaks, sun-drenched sands and sparking Pacific Ocean surrounding this west coast jewel. “Vancouver also features an award winning convention center, first-class hotels and exceptional cuisine, making it a popular international meeting destination, meeting planners and attendees for many reasons.


City Building Capacity
Beijing China National Convention Center (CNCC)
Beijing Beijing International Convention Center 823,900 sq. ft. floor space, 50 conference halls and meeting rooms
Beijing Fairmont Beijing 222 rooms
Berlin CityCube 10,000 people
Berlin Estrel Berlin 6,000 people
Berlin Waldorf Astoria Berlin 3,600 sq. ft. meeting space, 232 rooms
Brussels Brussels Expo 1.2 million sq. ft. of exhibition space, two auditoriums seating 400 and 1,860, 13 conference rooms for up to 180 people
Brussels Square-Brussels Meeting Centre 139,100 sq. ft. event space, 2,100 seat auditorium
Buenos Aires Golden Center 2000 people
Buenos Aires Melia Buenos Aires Hotel & Convention Center
Buenos Aires Hotel Madero 224 rooms, 11 banquet rooms, 6,641 sq. ft.
Copenhagen Tivoli Congress Center 2,500 in Congress Hall, two auditoriums for up to 4,000 people
Copenhagen The Circus Building 1,200 people
Copenhagen Admiral Hotel 366 rooms
Istanbul Halic Congress Center 5 auditoriums, 17 meeting rooms
Istanbul Istanbul Congress Center 115 meeting rooms, 171,000 sq. ft.
Istanbul Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre 2,000 seat auditorium81,900 sq. ft
Istanbul The Hilton Istanbul Bonmonti Hotel & Conference Center 829 rooms, 128,000 sq. ft meeting space
Paris Palais des Congres de Paris 439,000 sq. ft, 85 meeting rooms
Paris Palais Brongniart 1,200 people
Paris Les Yachts de Paris
Madrid Centro de Congresos Principe Felipe 2,200 seat auditorium, 59 meeting rooms
Madrid Auditorium Madrid Hotel 869 rooms, 56 meeting rooms
Madrid Palacio de Congresos de Madrid 32,000 sq. ft., 11 breakout rooms
London The May Fair Hotel 400 rooms
London Middle Temple Hall 39,000 sq. ft., with room for 500 people for reception
London Banqueting House 6,050 sq. ft.
Seoul Coex Convention and Exhibition Center 1.95 million sq. ft., 1,058 seat auditorium
Seoul SETEC three exhibition calls, two can accommodate 5,000
Seoul Conrad Seoul 434 rooms
Seoul JW Marriot Dongdaemun Square Seoul 170 rooms
Singapore Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre
Singapore Max Atria 136,702 sq. ft.
Singapore Park Royal 367 rooms
Sydney Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island 214,000 sq. ft.
Sydney Sydney Showground 118,403 sq. ft.
Sydney Doltone House Hyde Park 650 people
Tokyo Tokyo International Forum (TIF) 5,012 seat theatre, 53,819 sq. ft. exhibition hall
Tokyo Tokyo Big Sight 868,217 sq. ft.
Tokyo Happo-en 800 people
Vancouver Vancouver Convention Centre 466,500 sq. ft.
Vancouver Grouse Mountain Resort up to 1000 people for dining
Vancouver Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 556 rooms, 55,000 sq. ft of meeting space
Vienna Austria Center Vienna 102,267 sq. ft., up to 4,320 people, 131,322 sq, ft. of additional exhibition space, 10,2000 people
Vienna Hofburg Vienna 35 halls with 183,000 sq. ft.
Vienna Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Centre 593,748 sq. ft.