Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 2014

Convene's 23rd Annual Meetings Market Survey: Small Gains in 2013

By Michelle Russell, Editor in Chief

As the global economy inched back up in 2013, meeting professionals who responded to this year's Meetings Market Survey reported that their events followed suit, faring slightly better than the previous year. And while planner respondents largely expect an even stronger 2014, that optimism, as one survey-taker said, is tempered by nagging realities: “Next year is a bit of a crapshoot. The government turmoil has the potential for far-reaching problems. Organizations will return to a hunker-down-and-weather-the-storm mentality.”

A video overview of the Meetings Market Survey, produced by CNTV

Whether this is the year that we hunker down or instead finally recover to pre-recession levels, making the best of whatever comes their way seems to be another skill planners have had to hone. One respondent wrote: “I think the economic factors have required more imaginative responses and actions in the meeting industry.” Here's a view of our industry from your fellow practitioners, as they straddled 2013 and 2014.

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For the full survey results, click here

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