Meeting Facts & Stats

  • CEIR Index results reveal exhibition industry continues upward climb

    Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the CEIR Index Report. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2014 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. In 2014, the Total Index increased by a moderate 1.8 per cent for the year as a whole, one percentage point higher than in 2013 and just slightly below the two per cent forecasted growth. According to CEIR’s President & CEO, Brian Casey, CEM, “the best performing sectors in…

  • New CEIR study provides insights on how business-to-business exhibition organizers are using data analytics

    Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of two reports from a groundbreaking study on data analytics practices among business-to-business exhibition organizers. The first report, Use of Analytics by Today’s Business-to-Business Exhibition Organizers, documents overall trends in use of analytics. The second report, The Roads Traveled to Data Driven Decision-Making tells the data analytics journey of 12 different exhibition organizers in case studies. “The term ‘big data’ is hot and provocative – it is everywhere in…

  • Benchmark Resorts & Hotels announces Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2015

    Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, a division of Benchmark Hospitality International, announces the Top Ten Meeting Trends for 2015 as observed by its properties. Benchmark Hospitality International is a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, which operates 40 award-winning hotels, resorts, and conference centres coast to coast and offshore. Ted Davis, chief sales and marketing officer for Benchmark Hospitality, made the announcement. “We believe 2015 is shaping up to be a great year for the meetings industry,” said Mr. Davis. “We’re seeing…

  • CEIR 2014 fourth quarter results say overall exhibition industry grew 1.7 per cent

    Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released fourth quarter data collected for the annual CEIR Index report. The performance of the business-to-business exhibition industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, continued to improve during the fourth quarter of 2014. The fourth quarter of 2014 marked the eighteenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth. However, the growth decelerated from a revised year-on-year gain of 2.3% in the third quarter to 1.7% (see Figure 1). Nonetheless, the growth of the…

  • MPI’s Meetings Outlook, 2015 Winter Edition report now available

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2015 Winter Edition. The newest instalment of the quarterly special report indicates business is up and getting healthier. Though, the rising global seller’s market will continue to task meeting professionals suffering from shorter lead times and budgets that aren’t keeping pace with costs. Key findings include the following: 70 per cent of meeting professionals expect overall business conditions to improve in the near future. 49 per cent of respondents anticipate a…

  • IAEE, PCMA and The Experience Institute team up on comprehensive study of meeting attendee behaviours behind the Decision to Attend

    The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and The EXPERIENCE Institute® have collaborated on in-depth research that studies attendee behaviour and the influencing factors when choosing the exhibitions, meetings and events in which they will attend. The Decision to Attend Study – Phase One report is now available for download from the IAEE website, the PCMA website and The EXPERIENCE Institute®’s website. “This is a powerful collaboration among organizations whose members rely on the…

  • UFI’s 14th Global Barometer Survey of the exhibition industry reflects positive perspectives for 2015

    Results of UFI’s 14th Global Barometer survey indicate positive perspectives for 2015. The situation appears rather solid with a majority of companies from all regions declaring an increase of their turnover since at least 2011. However, less than one company out of two declares an increase of annual profit of more than 10 per cent for 2014 and only 41% of respondents consider that the economic crisis is now over. Detailed results for several key national markets indicate a general…

  • Overall exhibition industry grew 1.8 per cent in third quarter 2014, marking 17 quarters of consecutive growth

    Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released third quarter data collected for the annual CEIR Index report. Performance of the business to business exhibition industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, continued to improve during the third quarter of 2014. The growth accelerated from a revised year-on-year gain of 1.3% in the second quarter to 1.8% (see Figure 1). The third quarter of 2014 marked the seventeenth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth. Nonetheless, the growth of the…

  • IACC and PKF release ‘Trends in the Conference Center Industry 2014’

    International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) has released the 2014 edition of Trends in the Conference Center Industry. According to IACC CEO Mark Cooper, “The comprehensive trends report indicates that IACC conference centres once again see continued recovery in their rates which are higher than 2013.” Cooper continued, “This, coupled with marginal improvements in operating profits, demonstrates that IACC member properties continue to control costs and manage another year of improving occupancies. Conference centres – when benchmarked against hotels –…

  • American Express Meetings & Events predicts global expansion of meetings activity in 2015

    Meetings planners expected to utilize non-traditional meetings facilities and further implement virtual technology According to the American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast (“the Forecast”), meetings are expected to play a critical role in a return to business fundamentals in 2015, a trend which should help drive the long-term health of the industry. Following a period of economic recovery for the meetings industry as well as new budget pressures in 2014, 2015 meeting budgets are likely to show…

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