The 2017 autumn edition of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Meetings OutlookTM, notes regular headline reminders of event safety and security combined with a forecast for a continued healthy market.
Key findings include:
• 43% of industry professional report an increase in contentious or conflict-oriented conversations or personal challenges during meetings.
• Of safety and security-related contingencies, respondents are most prepared for weather/natural disasters and active shooters, while least prepared for vehicular violence and crowd stampedes.
• 57% of respondents predict favourable business conditions, with a 2% growth expected over the next year.
• Attendance at live and virtual events is expected to grow by 0.9% and 2.6%, respectively, representing a slight decline in growth for live events and a slight increase in growth for virtual events.
Meetings Outlook is developed in partnership with MGM Resorts International and supported in partnership with the IMEX Group.
Meetings Outlook presents future industry trends and predictions from MPI members, including meeting professionals on MPI’s Business Research Panel. Every quarter, research firm Association Insights surveys the panel, asking a short series of quantitative questions related to the economy and a qualitative question regarding the individual’s professional outlook. Phone interviews are also conducted with randomly selected MPI members. The report provides a quarterly tracking of current business conditions and future outlooks.
To view the full report, visit www.mpiweb.org/meetingsoutlook.