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Venue Development: Follow the Money

UFI’s debut Latin American event in September is a chance to examine venue development both in the region and elsewhere. Venues tend to happen only after public sector buy-in, so it follows their development indicates governmental commitment to the virtues of a burgeoning exhibition industry. From UFI…

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Convene Presents and Celebrates: Best in Show 2018

Iceberg partner Convene presents its annual Best in Show list, which again awards top venues and innovations and celebrates industry excellence. Winners include the most original off-site venue, the Old Melbourne Gaol, and the best corporate social responsibility initiative, an Internet safety for kids programme. From PCMA Convene…

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Cvent: Event Budgets on the Rise

52 percent of global event planners have seen budgets increase year on year, after 32 percent in 2017. That’s according to the latest Cvent Global Planner Sourcing Report. The study also found a big increase in planners organising six to ten offsite meetings, and a major drop in planners arranging just one or two. From Meetpie.com…

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MPI Meetings Outlook: Key Trends Identified

Key industry trends have just emerged from Meeting Professionals International’s Meetings Outlook 2018 Summer Edition. The report highlights today’s seller’s market, that contracts and negotiations are getting ever more complex, a growing demand for experiential components, and a shift of seeing virtual meetings as a tool to enhance not replace live events. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Cvent Releases Top Meeting Destination Lists

Cvent has just released its annual lists of top meetings destinations. New this year are top destinations in Canada (Toronto leads), as well as in the Caribbean and Latin America (Cancún). In the US Orlando leads, in Europe London, in the Middle East and Africa Dubai, and in Asia Pacific Singapore. From Meetings & Conventions…

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US Tops Eventex All-Stars Top 20 Destinations

The Eventex All-Stars Top 20 Destinations for hosting Meetings and Events has been topped by the US, with the UK and the Netherlands tied in second place. The rankings are a weighting that takes into account the wins from each destination in the Global Event Industry Awards over the past two years. From Meetpie.com…

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Exhibition Industry Growing In Four Regions Globally

For the first time in ten years, the exhibition industry’s four global regions have reported positive turnover growth simultaneously. That’s according to the industry global association UFI’s latest Global Barometer report. More than 40 percent of companies globally declared an increase of more than ten percent compared to 2016. From CIM News Magazine…

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52 Percent of Corporate Simple Meetings Via Unmanaged Channels

Simple meetings – those smaller, replicable gatherings with basic requirements – make up about half of corporate meetings globally. But 52 percent of them are being booked through unmanaged channels according to research from the Global Business Travel Association. This can end up costing companies money, attendee satisfaction and duty-of-care compliance. From Meetings & Conventions…

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