Meeting Facts & Stats

  • MPI Fall 2015 Edition of Meetings Outlook report now available

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2015 Fall Edition. The latest installment of the quarterly special report indicates the increasingly healthy industry landscape is creating a stronger seller’s market as well as an explosion of new opportunities. With that, however, arise new challenges in managing the expectations of planners, suppliers and clients. Key findings include the following: Business is anticipated to remain stable with healthy growth at a rate of 3.8 per cent. Growth in attendance at…

  • Trends in the conference centre industry

    The International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) has released the 2015 edition of Trends® in the Conference Center Industry. According to IACC CEO Mark Cooper, “For the third year running, this comprehensive trends report, the only one which focuses on small meetings-focused venues industrywide, indicates that IACC members have improved occupancy and rates are stronger than the previous year, significantly so for IACC’s corporate meeting venue operators.” Cooper continued, “Corporate meeting venues lead the recovery with the highest Average Daily…

  • IACC survey reveals latest set of generational preferences of meeting planners

    A recent survey conducted by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), in partnership with Development Counsellors International (DCI), has revealed new generational preferences of meeting planners in the Australia Asia Pacific region, with implications globally. “This is the first survey of its kind produced by IACC in the Australia Asia Pacific region and is the third survey following similar research in the Americas and Europe,” says Mark Cooper, CEO, IACC. “There were important differences highlighted in the research in…

  • 2015 Q2 data shows exhibition industry sees highest quarterly increase in eight years

    After a sharp increase in the first quarter, the performance of the business to business exhibition industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, remained relatively strong during the second quarter of 2015, posting a year-on-year gain of 3.8 per cent (see Figure 1). This growth is the second highest rate since the second quarter of 2007 and also marked the 20th consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth. Over the three years through 2014, the exhibition industry growth generally lagged the…

  • Vancouver meetings and conventions generate over $302 million in economic impact

    New video recognizes the role “Local Hosts” play in bringing million dollar meetings to city Last year, Vancouver’s meetings and conventions industry generated over $302 million in economic impact for the city. Vancouver hosted tradeshows such as the 2014 Travel Expo, corporate meetings like California-based video conferencing company Polycom’s 2014 sales conference, and academic conferences such as the 2014 annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Meetings from all over the world convene in Vancouver attracting thousands…

  • ICCA releases most popular cities and countries for association meetings

    Paris and Barcelona top the city charts For the first time ICCA publishes country and city rankings by estimated total number of participants in 2014, as part of its public abstract of the ICCA statistics report, aimed at international associations. Like in the city ranking by number of meetings, Paris is ranked first, with an estimated total of 130,516 participants visiting 214 association meetings in 2014, closely followed by Barcelona (fifth in the city ranking by number of meetings with…

  • 2015 Q1 Data shows exhibition industry sees highest quarterly increase in eight years

    Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released 2015 first quarter data collected for the annual CEIR Index report. Despite the severe winter, the performance of the business-to-business exhibition industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posted a year-on-year gain of 4.6 per cent (see Figure 1). This increase reflects strong industry growth, marking it as the highest increase since the second quarter of 2007. “The performance in the first quarter was remarkable considering that the east coast…

  • 80,000 convention-goers expected at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, adding $121 million for Montréal and Québec’s economy

    Between now and yearend 2015, the Palais des congrès de Montréal will host 10 major national and 18 international conventions that will generate nearly $121 million in estimated economic benefits for Montréal and the province. These events will attract over 80,000 business tourists and exhibitors, and translate into almost 106,000 room nights being booked in hotels across the city. “Business tourism related activities have a significant impact on the city’s and province’s economy, not to mention the developments and the…

  • Palais des congrès de Montréal hosts record number of business tourists

    During the course of its 2014-15 financial year, the Palais des congrès de Montréal hosted a total of 347 events, which drew a record-setting 194,000+ business tourists. In total, 837,000 people visited the Palais to attend either a convention, meeting, gala, conference, consumer or trade show, representing the biggest overall attendance ever since the Palais opened its doors. The new record supplants the one set last year, which was 766,100. Overall, 48 conventions were held in the year — 25…

  • Landmark study released on young professional exhibitor needs and preferences

    The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has teamed again with the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) to produce its latest publication, 2015 Young Professional Exhibitor Needs and Preferences Study. CEIR has conducted research with young professional attendees since 2009. With funding from SISO, this first-ever initiative offers insights on young exhibitor attitudes and preferences about business-to-business exhibitions. SISO Executive Director Lew Shomer stated, “SISO is pleased to entrust this important exhibition industry research to CEIR with financial underwriting.…

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