The Events Industry Council commissioned a study on the global economic significance of business events, conducted by Oxford Economics. This is unprecedented research that could only be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors to qualify the value, influence and impact that business events produce throughout the world. It further enables this dynamic industry to benchmark its current contributions and track its future growth.

The data in this study provides a clear and credible statistical base on which to gain recognition for this vast and diverse industry as a vital economic driver, and clearly articulates the downstream benefits to other industries and the people who work in them. Anyone who reads this report will better understand the economic significance as well as the depth and breadth of the global business events industry.

2018 Global Economic Significance of Business Events (full report)

2018 Global Economic Significance of Business Events (press release download)

2018 Global Economic Significance of Business Events (key findings, Events Industry Council website)

IMEX CEO Carina Bauer and Events Industry Council CEO Karen Kotowski discuss the Global Economic Significance Study (video)

Worldwide Events Industry Worth More than $1 Trillion (Association Meetings International article)

Business Events Industry Adds More Than $1 Trillion to Global Economy (PCMA article)

Business Events Industry’s Global GDP Impact: $1.5 Trillion (PCMA article)

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