Meeting Facts & Stats

  • 2013 CEIR Index results released: Exhibition industry growth continues and acceleration predicted in 2014

    The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) President & CEO Brian Casey, CEM recently reported the findings of the CEIR Index Report during a session at the Society of Independent Show Organizers CEO Summit. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2013 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. For 2013, the industry showed overall growth of 1.09 per cent and was in line with its economists’ forecast for the year. The outlook for growth in 2014…

  • CEIR Index fourth quarter 2013 report shows significant increase for exhibition industry with 14 quarters of consecutive growth

    In line with its economists’ projection, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces the performance of the exhibition industry significantly improved during the fourth quarter of 2013 with a year-on-year increase of three per cent compared to just 0.4 per cent increase in the third quarter of the same year. This is an exciting and promising result considering there was only a 0.7 per cent increase in the fourth quarter of 2012. This marks the fourteenth consecutive quarter of…

  • Meeting Professionals International introduces Meetings Outlook

    New quarterly report predicts future trends, replaces Business Barometer Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has released the first edition of its new Meetings OutlookTM, a special quarterly report offering a unique perspective on the future of the meeting and event industry. It covers new trends as well innovations on the horizon and replaces the bi-monthly Business Barometer previously published by MPI. In comparison to the former report, Meetings Outlook is published quarterly and surveys a larger audience to allow for more…

  • Site International Foundation releases annual forecast for motivational events industry

    Optimism for incentive travel is at a four-year high Since 2010 the Site International Foundation has conducted the Site Index Annual Survey to compile and compare data meaningful to the incentive travel and motivational events industry. The research examines both internal and external challenges to the sector and how these factors impact the stability and growth of the market. It addresses behaviours of both buyers and suppliers providing leading indicators for future trends. This fourth year of the study confirms…

  • MPI Foundation completes research project on implications and opportunities of Strategic Meetings Management

    As part of its commitment to furthering the success of the meeting and event industry, the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation has concluded its new research study on Strategic Meetings Management (SMM). The goal of the research initiative was to gain a deeper understanding of SMM as a disciplined approach to managing enterprise-wide meeting and event activities, processes, suppliers and data. Specifically, the researchers evaluated how SMM has evolved as well as the implications and opportunities for future applications. “SMM…

  • Seven reasons why trade shows are good for business

    Whether you’re a small business just getting off the ground or a multi-million dollar company, trade shows are a great resource for connecting with your market and showcasing your product in a more intimate setting. In today’s competitive market, advertising and social media can only do so much in terms of product understanding. The advantages of being able to physically see and feel the product or service, as well as being able to engage with the people behind it, are…

  • CEIR releases new report: Generational differences in face-to-face interaction preferences and activities

    Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) issued a report from The Role and Value of Face-to-Face Interaction study series titled Generational Differences in Face-to-Face Interaction Preferences and Activities. Generational research is a hot topic in light of the forthcoming, massive generational shift in the workforce. In 2015, it is expected that Millennials will overtake Boomers as the larger portion of the workforce. As Boomers begin exiting to retirement, Millennials will share ranks with Traditionalists, Boomers and Gen Xers.…

  • New CEIR report offers up-to-date insights on attracting attendees to exhibitions

    The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) recently issued a new report, Attracting Attendees, that helps readers explore attendee preferences and understand how best to attract and engage attendees to an exhibition or to visit a booth. Research results come from a recently completed study that is a repeat and extension of a project last done 10 years ago. It provides highly-valuable up-to-date insights on how to effectively market to attendees and communicate with them on-premise at an event. Provided…

  • Exhibition industry growth still seen despite sluggish economy, says CEIR report

    The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the CEIR Index Report, an Analysis of the 2012 Exhibition Industry and Future Outlook today at the SISO CEO Summit. Overall the industry showed growth of 1.5 percent but unfortunately fell short of its optimistic forecast for the year. The outlook for growth in 2013 is not substantial, however, significant pick-up is expected for 2014 and 2015 with positive and accelerated growth over the long term. CEIR Chairman of the Board, Greg…

  • Fourth quarter CEIR Index results show slower growth for industry overall after 10 straight quarters of growth

    Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has released year-end results for the CEIR Index. After an encouraging, first-half with growth near 2.4 per cent and tracking to meet the 2.9 per cent projection, performance in the second half of 2012 declined. The cooling that was reflected in the third quarter continued into the fourth quarter with the CEIR Index for the overall exhibition industry finishing at 1.5 per cent growth for the year, lagging behind the revised government…

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