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Rising budgets challenged by increasing costs, reports MPI

February 18, 2015 by Lori Smith

The winter 2015 edition of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Meetings Outlook finds that the industry is generally healthy but planners will have to sharpen their pencils as costs on the supply side outweigh increases in budgets and lead times remain short. Key


German Convention Bureau Reveals Predictions for Meetings Industry

December 3, 2014 by Lori Smith

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) has issued its predictions for the meetings industry in 2015. They are: 1. Value is Viceroy. Planners and organizers will not only look to negotiate savings, particularly in food and beverage, but will also want


AMEX Forecast Reports Meeting Industry "Back in Business"

October 16, 2014 by Lori Smith

2015 is shaping up to be a good year for the meetings industry, according to the just-released American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast.  “The meeting industry overall appears to be very much ‘back in business’, in particular


AMEX Research on Meetings Technology Shows Gap Between Planner and Attendee Expectations

October 9, 2014 by Lori Smith

New research from American Express Meetings & Events shows that meeting attendees have higher levels of interest in event apps than social media initiatives and meeting planners remain interested in virtual meetings but lag behind attendees who want more virtual experiences.  


MPI Launches New Quarterly

February 12, 2014 by Lori Smith

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has released the first edition of  Meetings Outlook™, a quarterly report covering trends and innovations in the meeting and event industry. It replaces the bi-monthly Business Barometer previously published by MPI. “MPI spent months conducting research,


Editor's Comment: What Do You Think?

February 4, 2014 by Lori Smith

The week before this issue was due to head to the printer, I took an hour out of a production day to listen to a Northstar Meeting Group webinar, sponsored by Cvent, which looked at “How the C-Suite Views Meetings.”


Industry "Quietly Optimistic," says EIBTM Report

November 20, 2013 by Lori Smith

EIBTM‘s just-released Trends Watch Report reveals that the mood of the MICE industry has shifted to quiet optimism for 2014. EIBTM industry analyst Rob Davidson presented the report in a session at EIBTM 2013, which was held this week in


MPI Reports Improvement in Global Meeting Industry

November 7, 2013 by Lori Smith

According to Meeting Professional International (MPI) Foundation’s 2013 Q3 Business Barometer Report, employment is improving in the global meeting industry along with economic conditions. Produced quarterly, the Business Barometer monitors the meeting industry’s needs in relation to economic concerns and


American Express Releases 2014 Meetings & Events Activity Forecast

November 6, 2013 by Lori Smith

American Express Meetings & Events forecasts meetings spend per organization across all regions will be flat or decline slightly in 2014. Its recently-released 2014 Global Meetings Forecast reveals that industry activity is stabilizing after two years of modest gains. Factors


Speaker Beanie

September 19, 2013 by Lori Smith
Speaker Beanie with Tassels,

This winter beanie has high-quality speakers sewn into each ear flap and a standard headphone jack plug in. It can be used with a range of MP3 devices and phones. Customize with logo.      


MTCC Completes First Hybrid Event

June 5, 2013 by Lori Smith

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has successfully produced its first hybrid event after being verified a Digital Event Center™ by the Virtual Edge Institute® (VEI). Dx3, an exposition for the digital marketing, advertising and retailing industries, took advantage of the


How's the Year Going? 2013 Predictions for Meetings Industry

May 29, 2013 by Lori Smith

Earlier this year the German Convention Bureau issued five predictions for the global meetings industry in 2013. Now that we’re five months in to the year, we started wondering how accurate its picks are. What do you think? The German