Wanna avoid FOMO for your groups? Then pay heed to the just-released Global DMC Partners’ 2019 Global Destination Index. It names Paris as the world’s top destination for meetings and conferences. Costa Rica is top-ranked for incentives.

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The index also includes a 2020 Hot List. It puts San Diego tops for 2020 meeting and conferences. Greece is forecast as the No. 1 destination for incentives.

Nearly 7,000 meetings and incentive programs in over 500 destinations provided the data for the index.

“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,” says Catherine Chaulet, Global DMC Partners president and CEO. “For example, Budapest is a popular location for European meetings but also a top pick for incentive trips from the Americas.”

As the largest global network of independently owned destination management companies and creative event experts, the global network strives to make tourism manageable for destinations. “During a time when travel is more accessible to the masses than ever before, we have a responsibility to inform and educate in order to alleviate overtourism and undertourism,” Chaulet says.

Here are all the top-ranked destinations:

Meetings and Conferences

  1. Paris
  2. Copenhagen
  3. Chicago
  4. San Francisco
  5. Budapest
  6. Orlando
  7. Barcelona
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. Prague
  10. Las Vegas


  1. Costa Rica
  2. France
  3. Bahamas
  4. Italy
  5. Miami
  6. Budapest
  7. Lisbon
  8. Prague
  9. Cancun
  10. Aruba

2020 Meeting & Conference Hot List

  1. San Diego
  2. Nashville
  3. Singapore
  4. Las Vegas
  5. New Orleans
  6. Tokyo
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Austin
  9. Bahamas
  10. Phoenix

2020 Incentive Hot List

  1. Greece
  2. Bahamas
  3. Costa Rica
  4. Budapest
  5. Aruba
  6. Iceland
  7. New York
  8. Italy
  9. Switzerland
  10. Puerto Rico