The annual survey of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers shows that the number of meetings are increasing in various sectors, from slowly to consistently.
The survey tracks the activities of IAPCO members, representing more than 120 professional organizers, meeting planners and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events from 41 countries.
A look at some of the numbers from 2014:
- 7,075 meetings were organized worldwide, totaling more than 2.86 million delegates and more than 6,781 square feet of exhibits. That’s an economic impact of more than $5.2 billion.
- Association meetings grew from 2,153 meetings in 2010 to 3,111 now.
- Government meetings grew from 498 meetings in 2010 to 656 now. The peak was reached in 2011 at 707 meetings.
- Corporate meetings peaked at 3,454 meetings in 2010 and reached 3,308 in 2014.
- Exhibitions are rising and falling in alternate years, with 2014 showing a 9 percent drop in the number of square feet managed.
- Room nights rose 45 percent over 2013, which pollsters interpret as a continuing emphasis on seeking top-rate service.
For full survey details, go HERE.