25 Frankfurt

PopulationMetro: 1,965,000
Frankfurt smartly defines conventions.

The global convention center business is fiercely competitive, with cities everywhere investing billions in design and execution to attract elusive and lucrative international business gatherings, often on multi-year contracts.

Frankfurt am Main rises above them all with its first-place global ranking for Convention Centers, which draw more than 4.5 million conventioneers per year. The domination in convention centers powered the city to the #5 spot globally in our Product category, despite an overall finish out of the Top 25.

Place 28
Product 68
Programming 8
People 69
Prosperity 56
Promotion 9

One reason: Frankfurt has perfected the art of air access. Germany is in the middle of Europe, Frankfurt is in the middle of Germany, and its airport—the largest in the country—is one of the world’s aviation hubs (which also earned Frankfurt a second place in our Airport Connectivity ranking, amazingly just behind Paris).

Just 15 minutes from FRA, conventioneers find themselves at the massive Messe Frankfurt—a convention center of 6 million square feet, with 10 exhibition halls, two congress centers, the popular historic Festhalle and rooms of every imaginable configuration (including one large enough for nearly 10,000 people). A short stroll in any direction takes visitors to shopping, restaurants, museums and other pleasures to mix with the business of the day. Messe Frankfurt, already a market leader in the textile and apparel industry, also owns shows outside Germany. In Q3 2017, the company acquired two leading African apparel, textile and trade shows that reflect growing interest in the robust economy of sub-Saharan Africa… and Frankfurt’s global ambitions.