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Exhibition World Issue 76
Issue 76
Supplement: Basque Country
Supplement: Bright lights, big cities
posted on: 19/7/2011 09:59:08

WORLD - Meeting Professionals International (MPI) says spend per meeting is showing signs of growth in its Business Barometer Research survey for June 2011.

The survey also found increases in attendance levels consistently higher than a year ago  and fuel price and airfare increases continuing to be highly significant concerns in the US market.

Despite current and projected business conditions continuing to be positive, the MPI Barometer found early indications that increasing uncertainty about the US economy may be limiting business  in the US. The areas showing greatest growth in the US continue to be domestic corporate and domestic association sectors.

An MPI spokesman said: “Increasing employment and improving business conditions can’t stave off concerns over how potential jumps in fuel and airfare costs, a floundering economy and even add-on hotel costs (such as Internet, parking, service and vendor fees) will affect the business of meetings and events.

"Clients are keen to return to the same hotel and city for their meetings to avoid having to spend the additional time and money necessary for venue research and site inspections."

Taxation and legislation were other factors narrowing the scope of incentive trips, the MPI survey found.

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WORLD - Gary Grimmer, CEO of consulting and sales representation firm GainingEdge, has been honoured by Destination Marketing Association International as one of the first six inductees into its newly established Hall of Fame.

To mark the three-month countdown to the IMEX Challenge CSR programme, and as a call to action for industry professionals to get involved, staff from IMEX America gathered at The Shade Tree Shelter in Vegas last week.

WORLD - A new report released by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation, the education and research arm of the GBTA, has found multiple differences exist between North American and European based hotel programmes.

ASIA - Following the success of the Healthcare Meetings Forum in London in 2011 and 2013, UK organisers are launching an inaugural Asia forum to take place in Singapore in partnership with Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

AUSTRALASIA - The 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, honoured colleagues killed when the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July, at a memorial at the conference's outset.