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ICCA | Country & City Rankings Report 2023

From ICCA: In a joint effort with ICCA members, ICCA’s Research Team compiled data on almost 10,000 meetings that took place over the course of 2023 throughout every region around the globe. This year’s report stands out for the increased continental diversity in the Top 20 country rank as, besides European, Asian and North American…

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Advancing Women In Business Events

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) and the PCMA Foundation today released the final report of Advancing Women In Business Events, a groundbreaking, two-part global study focusing on the advancement of women in the industry, specifically the gender disparity in leadership, despite being a female-dominated field. This foundational study will be conducted every two years to benchmark…

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What’s New in Meetings and Incentive Travel 2024

From Skift Meetings: Planners know how important it is to stay current with destination updates. Finding the perfect property that’s simply the right fit for a group is priceless. This guide gives planners a full overview of what’s new across destinations all around the globe. The latest Skift Meetings report highlights over 800 of the…

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Events Lead The Way in Marketing Spend, According to Bellwether Report

From Conference & Meetings World: Events are the key beneficiary of a sustained upturn in total marketing spend, according to the latest Bellwether report. The report is researched and published by S&P Global on behalf of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA). The report features original data drawn from a panel of around 300…

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Latest Results from the EMEA PULSE Survey

From M&IT: Although booking more new business, meeting planners from Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), are less optimistic than their counterparts in North America and Asia. That’s one of the striking findings from the first Northstar/Cvent industry Pulse survey for the EMEA region. They are also way ahead of their peers in other parts…

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IAPCO Survey Flags £12.15bn Economic Impact on Global Destinations

From Conference & Meetings World: The International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) has published its annual member statistical survey covering the previous year, 2023. IAPCO worked with the annual return data provided by members, who reported delivering over £12.15bn (US$15.22bn) of economic impact into destinations around the globe in 2023. In addition, the association…

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National Tourism Organizations and Climate Change

From Tourism Geographies, Research Article by Stefan Gössling et al: There is a consensus that the global tourism system needs to undergo decarbonization and achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. However, given the anticipated growth in the most energy-intensive subsector of tourism, air transport, achieving this goal seems unlikely. This paper focuses on the role of…

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The Impact of Hybrid Working on the Meetings and Events Industry

This latest First Look Research survey by Northstar Meetings Group, sponsored by IHG Group, suggests remote working is now a permanent fixture for event professionals, with only six per cent of employers who made the switch to hybrid during the pandemic enforcing a full-time return to the office. In fact, just over one in ten…

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Destination Promotion: A Catalyst for Community Vitality

From Destinations International: DI’s landmark study, Destination Promotion: An Engine of Economic Development, confirmed that destinations with substantial visitor economies tend to outperform their peers, making destination promotion a true engine of economic development. Ten years later, we update and expand this research to demonstrate the far-reaching positive impacts of destination promotion, extending beyond the…

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ICCA Unveils 60-Year Report

ICCA, the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, has unveiled a reflective and forward-looking report featuring video interviews with leaders from the business events and international association sectors, with animated graphics to illustrate how international business events have grown over the period. Beginning with David Goodger, managing director EMEA at…

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EMEA Region Survey Concludes: Time to Collaborate

From PCMA: Business events industry respondents to the latest PCMA EMEA Engagement Survey said that the No. 1 priority for their employers is collaboration and strategic partnerships. Meanwhile, opportunities to collaborate with their peers was often cited by event organizers as the one thing they would like to see at an industry event. This emphasis…

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In-Person Events Are More Popular Than Ever

From German Convention Bureau: MMGY Global released new findings from wave IV of its study “Portrait of European Meeting & Convention Travel”, for which event planners and event attendees from Europe were surveyed in late 2023. The study – supported by the GCB and other partners – underscores Germany’s top position among European meeting destinations,…

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Business Events in a Transformative Era

From German Convention Bureau: Megatrends such as New Work, demographic change, and Artificial Intelligence are on their way to becoming firmly established in our daily lives. In the context of business events, these and other trends have already driven enormous developments in certain fields. With its 2024 research focus, the innovation network Future Meeting Space…

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3rd UFI Industry Partners Benchmark Survey 2023

Developed by the UFI Industry Partners Working Group, the survey benchmarks and assesses the relationships between industry partners/suppliers and exhibition organisers/venues. It also identifies areas for improvement with regard to collaboration. For the 3rd survey, around 190 companies contributed to the project, the majority of whom are from Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Some key…

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New Sustainability Report Shares Successes and Learnings

Ahead of this year’s IMEX Frankfurt, taking place 14 – 16 May, the team has published a Sustainable Event Report revealing the successes, experiments and learnings from last year’s show. The report lifts the lid on sustainability planning in the run-up to and execution of IMEX Frankfurt 2023, sharing notable achievements in waste diversion and…

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UFI Global Exhibition Barometer 32nd Edition (January 2024)

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released the latest 32nd edition of its flagship Global Exhibition Barometer research which takes the pulse of the industry. The results highlight that in most markets around the world the exhibition industry fully recovered from the pandemic slump in 2023, with revenues reaching a comparable level…

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