News: Pelikan Hubs 2018 By The Numbers

With the closing of the registration period (extended an extra week due to high demand), we now have a pretty good sense of Pelikan’s Hub locations for 2018 as well as the number of registrations at each location.  The analysis that follows is derived from data taken from Pelikan’s Hubs page (as of 7/23/18 at 9:00pm EST) and should not be taken as absolute since it is subject to some fluctuation between now and the big event.  Still, it gives us a significant insight into how this fifth anniversary event is shaping up.  Most of the cities that participated last year are again included in this year’s festivities with at least two dozen new cities added to the roster, a roughly 23% increase.  The Hubs event continues the steady trend in annual growth that we’ve seen year after year.  Each year has been larger than the one before with more countries, more cities, and more people participating.  For 2017, Pelikan reported that there were 145 individual Hubs spread across 43 countries with 3600 registered participants.  Based on the currently available data, this year’s event will span 178 cities spread out amongst 44 countries with over 4700 participants.  Thus far, that represents roughly a 31% increase in attendance over last year and an astounding 425% increase since the inaugural year.  Whereas events were few and far between the first year, the access that fans now have to a local Hub has grown exponentially.  The United States is again host to the largest number of registrations with Canada, Australia, Taiwan, and Germany rounding out the top 5.  This year’s gathering is set to take place on Friday, September 21, 2018 at 6:30pm local time with Pelikan expected to release additional details about the event as we get closer to the date.  If you cannot attend this year’s event, you can easily follow along with the world-wide festivities via the hashtag #pelikanhubs on the various social media sites.  To further synthesize the data, I’ve developed a series of maps and graphs to help depict the information.  Read on to see what cities are involved and to learn about how your location stacks up with some of the others.


Pelikan Hubs Locations – 2018:

Argentina:  Buenos Aires
Australia:   Adelaide, Bendigo, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney
Austria:   Fürstenfeld, Wien
Belgium:  Brussles
Brazil:  Sao Paulo
Canada:   Calgary, Cambridge (Ontario), Edmonton (Alberta), Fredericton (New Brunswick), London (Ontario), Montréal (Québec), Moncton, Ottawa (Ontario), Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Chile:  Santiago
China:   Beijing, Shanghai
Colombia:   Bogota, Cali
Czech Republic:  Prague
France:  Paris
Germany:   Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Köln, Mannheim, München, Münster, Nürnberg, Oldenburg, Stuttgart
Greece:  Athens
Hong Kong:  Hong Kong
Hungary:  Budapest
India:   Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Vadakara
Indonesia:   Jakarta, Surabaya
Ireland:  Dublin
Israel:  Tel Aviv
Italy:   Firenze o Milano, Genova, Isernia, Palermo, Rome, Torino
Japan:  Tokyo
Lithuania:  Vilnius
Luxembourg:  Luxembourg
Malaysia:   Kuala Lumpur, Kuching (Sarawak), Penang
Mexico:   Mexico City, Puebla
Netherlands:   Amsterdam, Den Haag
New Zealand:   Auckland, Christchurch
Norway:  Oslo
Philippines:   Cebu, Makati, Mandaluyong City, Quezon City
Poland:   Gdańsk, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz, Poznan, Toruń, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Tazy (zachodniopomorskie)
Portugal:  Lisbon
Russia:  Moscow, Saint Petersburg
Singapore:  Singapore
Slovakia:  Bratislava
Slovenia:  Ljubljana
Spain:  Madrid, Barcelona
Sweden:  Stockholm
Switzerland:  Zürich
Taiwan:   Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, Taipei
Turkey:   Antalya, Istanbul
Ukraine:  Kyiv
United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dabi
United Kingdom:   Cardiff, Edinburgh, Hexham, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Preston
United States:   Albuquerque NM, Atlanta GA, Austin TX, Baltimore MD, Boston MA, Boulder CO, Buffalo NY, Charleston SC, Charlotte NC, Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, Cleveland OH, Colorado Springs CO, Columbus OH, Dallas TX, Dayton OH, Denver CO, Des Moines IA, Detroit MI, Fort Lauderdale FL, Fresno CA, Honolulu HI, Houston TX, Indianapolis IN, Kansas City MO, Knoxville TN, Lincoln NE, Los Angeles CA, Mesa AZ, Minneapolis MN, Nashville TN, New Orleans LA, New York City NY, Oakland CA, Orlando FL, Palo Alto CA, Philadelphia PA, Pittsburgh PA, Portland OR, Raleigh NC, Richmond VA, Rochester NY, Sacramento CA, Salt Lake City UT, San Antonio TX, San Diego CA, San Francisco CA, San Jose CA, Santa Maria CA, Seattle WA, Spokane WA, St. Louis MO, Tucson AZ, Tuscaloosa AL, Washington DC, Wichita KS, York PA



Graph depicting growth of the Pelikan Hubs 2014-2018

Graph depicting the growth of the Pelikan Hubs event over the past 5 years. Note that these numbers are approximations and should not be taken as absolute (Click to enlarge)



2018 Pelikan Hubs Participants by Country

Number of Hub participants by country reported as of 7/23/18 (Click to enlarge)



2018 Pelikan Hubs Participants by Country Map

A map depicting the countries hosting a Pelikan Hubs event in 2018 (Click to enlarge)



2018 Pelikan Hubs Registration Top 30

The top 30 Pelikan Hubs locations based on the number of reported registrations as of 7/23/18 (Click to enlarge)



2018 Pelikan Hubs registrations in the USA

Hub registrations in the United States broken down by state (Click to enlarge)



Map of the USA showing Pelikan Hubs 2018 registrations

A map depicting the states in the USA hosting a Pelikan Hubs event broken down by number of registrations as of 7/23/18 (Click to enlarge)


Check out Pelikan’s Hubs Overview for the most up to date locations and numbers of participants.

10 responses

  1. 🙂 Thanks for all the information!
    I‘m very curious what this event will bring, as it marks Pelikan‘s 180th anniversary and I wonder what kind of editions they will release.
    Have a very HAPPY day!
    Claudia 🙂


  2. Thanks Joshua! Our London Pen Club has held a hub since the very beginning here in London, CANADA. of course, it’s not just our club members but we are very fortunate to have many Pelikan enthusiasts from Southwestern Ontario join us. Cheers!


    • This is a great event for pen clubs to get behind and you guys have always been involved. I’m sure it’s likely added a member or two to your roster over the years. I’ll take any excuse to gather and talk pens.


  3. Reblogged this on What's up at Ravens March. and commented:
    I’m not given to the REBLOG button, but all I wanted to do was point out this material about the Pelikan Hubs. The final number for Regina is 14, which is not only more than Winnipeg, it’s more than Amsterdam, which is a great big metropolitan city!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I’m trying to find out information on the Knoxville, TN hub. I believe I registered for it but haven’t heard anything from them. How can I find out. I really, really want to go.



    • Hub Master selection should happen any day now and then they will reach out to attendees. Pelikan did send out a confirmatory email about registrations today. If you have any questions or concerns about your registration, you can email


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