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Midsize Cities Leveraging Local Assets to Attract Events

February 22, 2018 by Lori Smith

Revitalized downtowns, improved hotel inventory, and successful positioning as innovation and knowledge hubs are just some of the factors making midsize cities around the world attractive to a greater number of planners and events, according to a just-published report commissioned


Incentive Research Foundation Releases Trends Report

February 20, 2018 by Lori Smith

The Incentive Research Foundation has released its signature study, The IRF 2018 Trends Study. The study highlights ten key trends that will affect organizations, their products and services, and the workforce in 2018. Webinar: Wednesday, February 28, 2:00 p.m. EST. During


Planners Predict Moderate Growth in 2018

February 8, 2018 by Lori Smith

Planners are predicting moderate growth in 2018 thanks to favourable business conditions, according to the 2018 Winter Edition of Meetings Outlook™, Meeting Professional International’s (MPI) quarterly report on industry trends and outlooks. The report’s findings are based on a survey


Industry Insider: Why Do People Attend Your Event?

February 4, 2018 by Les Selby, CMP, CMM
Les Selby, CMP, CMM

The December issue of Convene, PCMA’s official print magazine, contained a great research piece on why attendees go to events.  The research was conducted as a follow up to a study that occurred in 2014 entitled “Decision to Attend Study


Meetings Mean Business Releases Preliminary Data from EIC Survey

January 11, 2018 by Lori Smith

Preliminary findings from the Meetings Significance Survey conducted by the Events Industry Council shows that meetings in the U.S. have grown in terms of attendance and economic impact. According to the survey’s findings, 1.9 million meetings were held across the


Give With a Meeting and Enjoy Triple Dividends

September 25, 2017 by David Gabri

In the face of natural disaster crises in several regions, including Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida, Mexico and the Virgin Islands, we all want to help. While we definitely applaud financial contributions to charitable and faith-based organizations, and other disaster relief


Meetings Market in Good Shape According to MPI Outlook

August 8, 2017 by Lori Smith

The summer edition of Meetings Outlook™, Meeting Professionals International’s quarterly report, forecasts a continued healthy market, with respondents anticipating increases in employment, business conditions, and both live and virtual attendance. Developed in partnership with MGM Resorts International and supported in


PCMA Funding Research on Future and Impact of Meetings

July 6, 2017 by Lori Smith

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and its partner organization, PCMA Education Foundation, will be jointly-awarding research grant funds totaling more than $75,000 USD in order to advance the second phase of three major meetings industry research initiatives. BUSINESS EVENTS


CanSPEP Announces Conference Locations

July 5, 2017 by Lori Smith

Sudbury, Ontario and St. John’s, Newfoundland have been named the host destinations for the Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners (CanSPEP) 2018 and 2019 conferences. The 2018 edition will run Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the


IACC Releases New Meeting Room of the Future Research

June 20, 2017 by Lori Smith

 IACC released phase one of its second annual “Meeting Room of the Future” white paper at MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC) in Las Vegas. The paper reveals how emerging technology and younger delegates are influencing the way we meet, with memorable individual experiences,


Events Industry Council Shares Five Trends Shaping the Events Industry

May 17, 2017 by Lori Smith

Security concerns, workforce issues and the impact of U.S. politics are among the trends shaping the events industry today, says the Events Industry Council. The Council is comprised of CEOs from more than 30 leading industry associations. Collectively, they represent more than 103,500 individuals


Business Conditions and Budgets Improving at Healthy Rate: MPI Meetings Outlook

May 8, 2017 by Lori Smith

The 2017 spring edition of Meetings Outlook, Meeting Professional International’s quarterly report on the meetings industry, shows that planners are bullish on the market. Sixty-nine percent of respondents predict favourable business conditions (up 11 percent since the last quarter) and 52