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Cologne meeting market: Over 50,000 events for the first time >

A significant increase for Cologne as a convention destination

The more than 50,000 events held in Cologne in 2018 represent a 6.5 per cent increase compared to the previous year. The number of participants increased by 8.5 per cent compared to the figure for 2017.
One reason for the growth in both areas was the significant rise in the number of event venues, with 17 new venues bringing the total from 174 to 191. The new venues in Cologne in 2018 consisted of a convention centre, two conference hotels and 14 event locations, which mostly have smaller seating capacities. The new venues include new ones as well as re-openings of existing ones after renovations. In addition, the number of events held in conference hotels in particular showed very positive development, with an increase of 6.6 per cent.

“The figures provided by the current TagungsBarometer (Conference Barometer) clearly demonstrate that both the supply and the demand are continuing to grow in Cologne as a convention destination,” says Stephanie Kleine Klausing, the Deputy CEO of the Cologne Tourist Board. “The meeting market in Cologne is already bringing in annual turnover amounting to €720.1 million.

Corporate events are in first place

Organizers of corporate events continue to top the list of conventions and congresses, accounting for 68 per cent of the total. Banking and insurance are still the most important sectors in this category, followed by medical and pharmaceutical companies. They are followed by communication companies, which once again occupy third place after being in fourth place in the previous year.

International source markets: UK occupies first place

In the comparison of international event organizers, the UK was once again the most important source market for Cologne, followed by the USA. They were followed, at a certain distance, by Austria, the Netherlands and a newcomer to the Top 5: Italy.
You can find an overview of the upcoming congresses, conventions and other events at

Further reading

Exhibitor: Cologne Convention Bureau - The Meetropolis


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