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New Events Industry Board survey to help identify EU funding infrastructure

The UK Events Industry Board’s (EIB) Working Group for Infrastructure has launched a survey to help collate the value of EU grants, funding infrastructure and service-related projects that have benefited business events across the UK. Since Britain joined the European Union in 1973, the European Investment Bank has lent €118bn to help fund UK infrastructure projects. The EIB subgroup is keen to un...

Corporate travel budgets expected to rise, says new Cvent research

Seven in ten European corporate travel decision makers (CTDMs) anticipate their travel budget will increase in 2019, with 16 percent saying they expect their budget to significantly increase, according to a recent study by Cvent entitled “The European Travel Manager in 2019.” 25 percent of CTDMs said their budget would remain unchanged, while only 6 percent foresee a year-over-year decline. German...

GL events UK releases ‘Good Event Guide’

GL events UK has launched ‘Good Event Guide’, offering organisers tips on how to improve their event. The guide emphasises the importance of sustainability, CSR and health & wellbeing in the industry today. It can be viewed here. Contributors include We are the Fair’s Nick Morgan, The Bulb’s Selina Donald, and A Greener Festival’s Claire O’Neill. They discuss tips for improving sustainability,...

UK Tourism industry confident despite Brexit, says UKinbound research

UKinbound has released its latest Business Barometer Figures, which show confidence levels across the tourism industry are on the rise. The research, which was collected by Qa Research, found that 59% of UKinbound members stated they were confident about business in the upcoming 12 months. This was the highest rate recorded since October 2017. The increase in confidence was influenced by an influx...

German Convention Bureau releases ‘Future Meetings Space’ research

The German Convention Bureau (GCB) presented the results of the second phase of its ‘Future Meetings Space’ research project recently, at the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders conference. The research provides insights into attendee types and success factors, as well as recommendations for action. The core question in the report was ‘How to create successful events’. The answer, in a nutshell: to satisf...

Business travellers turn away from direct booking channels in 2018

New research from SAP Concur and GBTA shows that the trend for business travellers to book flights and accommodation directly from suppliers has reversed. The number of European business travellers who booked flights directly with their preferred airline fell from 79% in 2017 to 68% in 2018. During the same period, the number booking hotel accommodation directly dropped from 83% in 2017 to 70%. Pi...

Smaller session sizes are ‘a good thing for modern events’

New research from Meeting Professionals International (MPI)’s Fall 2018 Outlook Report suggests that individual sessions at conferences will reduce throughout 2019. MPI is the largest worldwide association for the meetings and events industry, including over 60,000 members across 90 chapters in 19 countries. UK-based Lime Venue Portfolio has been quick to endorse the trends as ‘a good thing for mo...

Why 2019 will be a breakthrough year for meetings & events

Demand for meetings & events will grow between 5-10% in 2019, and the average size of meetings will rise in nearly every region, according to a new survey by CWT Meetings & Events. CWT M&E is a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and its 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report offers cost projections and a run-down on regional differences, as well as ranking the top M&E de...

40% of travellers use company cards for personal purchases

Research commissioned by global travel management company Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) has shown that four in ten business travellers surveyed admit to using corporate cards for personal purchases. It seems that nearly half of American and European travellers (46%) are doing so, while the figure is a more modest 38% of business travellers in Asia Pacific. “Travel managers need to address the misu...

CWT research says 65% of business travellers are nervous about data

65% of business travellers are nervous about compromising their employer’s data safety when travelling, according to new research by Carlson Wagonlit Travel. The global travel management company conducted the CWT Safety & Security Study through Artemis Strategy Group, collecting data from more than 2,000 business travellers from the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Data showed that travelle...

The Asia Pacific region will lead a global hotel rate rise in 2019

The Asia Pacific region is predicted to account for two-thirds of global growth in the hotel business, according to the newly released Hotel Monitor 2019 from American Express Global Business Travel. The report, which includes a 2019 pricing forecast for 150 key cities around the world, also shows that prices in London are expected to stay flat next year. The team behind the report is forecasting ...

New research suggests millennials are the most cost-conscious travellers

New research conducted by Carlson Wagonlit Travel suggests that millennials are the most cost-conscious travellers. CWT Solutions Group – the consulting division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel – conducted research that says millennials saved an average of 22% more than baby boomers, and 17% more than generation X on the average flight ticket. Millennials are the generation born between 1980 and 1995, ...