Athens, Greece, is included among the top 10 meeting and incentive destinations around the world, according to the 2017 Global Destination Index released recently by Global DMC Partners, the largest global network of independent Destination Management Companies (DMCs).
The data was compiled based on over 700 meeting and incentives that are operating in 2017 in over 500 destinations that Global DMC Partners represents.
Mexico (Cabo + Riviera Maya) topped the Top 10 International Destinations list and is followed by Italy (Rome) in the second place, United Arab Emirates (Dubai) in the third, Bahamas in the fourth and Greece (Athens) in the fifth place. Spain (Barcelona + Madrid) is in sixth place, France (Paris) in seventh and Costa Rica in eigth place. The top 10 list closes with Austria (Vienna) and Switzerland.
“Business meetings, incentive travel, conferences and conventions have a huge impact on the global economy. They help facilitate face-to-face interactions to build stronger and more profitable business relationships, and they contribute greatly to local economies and their sustainability,” Global DMC Partners President Catherine Chaulet said.
“Many of the 2017 destinations highlighted here have been popular for meetings and incentives for the past few years, however there are a few destinations that we are very excited to see rising in the ranks, such as Colorado, Greece (Athens), Costa Rico, Switzerland, and Cabo and Riviera Maya in Mexico,” she added.
The 2017 Global Destination Index also highlights destinations that are rising in popularity based on meetings and incentives that are either booked or close to contracting within a particular destination in 2018.