Meeting professionals say they are feeling more confident and well-equipped to plan high-quality meetings and events and adapt to any ongoing uncertainties. This is according to the 2022 Global Meetings and Events Forecast, the 11th annual report produced by American Express Meetings & Events, a division of American Express Global Business Travel (GBT).

The report’s global survey of meetings and events professionals found that two-thirds (67 percent) of respondents believe in person meeting levels will return to their pre-pandemic numbers within one to two years.

In person meetings and events are projected to grow in 2022, with 81 percent of events expected to have an in person element. Another indicator of industry growth is the 64 percent of global meetings and events professionals citing increased budgets for next year. However, the industry is neither expecting nor planning a return to business as usual, and instead professionals intend to take lessons learned during the pandemic to improve the value, effectiveness and sustainability of future events.

2022 Global Meetings and Events Forecast (American Express Meetings & Events website, registration required)

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