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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...

Meetings market shows 2018 growth, despite challenges

Meeting attendance continued to increase in 2018 as the business events industry experienced another year of consecutive growth, according to US-based Convene magazine’s 28th Meetings Market Survey. Meeting professionals responding to the survey, reported attendance at their largest meetings grew 5% in 2018. Most survey participants reported continued stability and growth for their events, accordi...

UK Conference and Meeting Survey 2019: take part now

Conference and meeting venues in the UK are being urged to take part in the 2019 ‘UK Conference and Meeting Survey’ (UKCAMS), which is being launched today, 4 February, principally sponsored by VisitBritain. The UKCAMS 2019 report is scheduled for publication in June. TAKE THE SURVEY HERE This vital research into the UK’s conference and meetings sector, now in its 26th consecutive year, has a spec...

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...

Travel programmes are at odds with traveller behaviour, says survey

Nearly 70% of travel buyers say that enforcing policy compliance is among the most challenging aspects of their job, according to new research out today from the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), in partnership with RoomIt by CWT. Not only are travellers booking out-of-policy for preferred properties or amenities, but there appears to be a large gap in traveller knowledge of company polic...

American Express Meetings & Events forecasts steady events growth for 2019

American Express Meetings & Events (Amex M&E) has predicted a ‘new normal’ of stable and steady growth for the events industry in its 2019 Global Meetings and Events Forecast. Global meetings activity is expected to increase alongside increases in budget allocation. Consolidation across the industry and the rise of disruptive suppliers is expected to create an environment where meeting pla...

Demand for meetings & events will rise by 5-10% in 2019

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 survey by CWT Meetings & Events. CWT is a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and its report is titled the 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report. Kurt Ekert, president and CEO of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, said: “The global meetings and ev...

CWT survey predicts 2019’s top North American cities for events

CWT Meetings & Events, a division of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, has unveiled its predictions for the top ten North American cities for events in 2019. The ranking is based on proprietary and industry data in CWT’s 2019 Meetings & Events Future Trends report, to be published next week. The rankings are as follows, with 2018 and 2017’s positions in brackets: Las Vegas, US (2018: 10 /2017...