Definition: Number of participants
The number of participants includes all people participating in a congress who are identified by some sort of record or control and fulfil the definition of "congress member" or "auxiliary" (definitions B and D).
· The total number of participants does not include the number of companions nor the number of workers providing services not stemming from the local facilities and not directly related to the main congress activity. The number of companions can constitute another variable, and the number of people working in external services is included in the definition of employment generated by the congress.
· This variable counts the real number of participants, not the expected or estimated number of participants. When expected or estimated figures are available instead of the real number of participants, another variable should be used.
Eurostat, "Methodological manual for statistics on congresses and conferences", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2000, p.27