Definition: Binational congress


A binational congress is that which meets the minimum level of participation by another foreign nation. This level is fixed at 80% representation from that nation.

· Trinational or more than two countries are meant to be international.
· Off-shore meetings are included.

 Criterion 2: geographic rotatory system (based on ICCA suggestion).
A congress is considered to be international when its scope of rotation encompasses more than two countries.

· World-wide.
· European meetings.
· Europe-North America.
· Asia/Pacific.
· French speaking countries.
· Etc.


The spatial nature of a congress also has to do with its "geographic rotation area"; in other words the destination in which the meeting could take place. There are meetings which can take place world-wide. Others are e.g. European meetings and only take place within Europe. Other examples: 
Europe-North America; Asia/Pacific; French speaking countries, etc. Many meetings also do not travel and always take place in the same destination. This segmentation is only relevant for meetings which are organised on a regular basis.
Eurostat, "Methodological manual for statistics on congresses and conferences", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2000

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