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March 08 2013

Meeting Professionals Say They are in Rebound Mode



Contact: Carolyn Clark
Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org 

Respondents to PCMA Convene’s 22nd Annual Meetings Market Survey experienced growth in key areas in 2012 and expect continued improvement this year

CHICAGO, IL, March 12, 2013 - This month, PCMA Convene magazine published the results of its annual Meetings Market Survey, an industry-research mainstay for the past 22 years. While the questions have evolved over the past two decades to reflect the current realities of planning meetings and conventions — use of social-media tools and hybrid events, for example — the survey continues to benchmark the fundamental indicators of the industry’s health.

Chief among those critical signs are attendance and exhibitors. The 462 association, independent, and corporate planners who responded in late 2012 to this survey said that attendance at their largest 2012 meeting grew by nearly 4 percent, and they expect an additional 2-percent growth at their 2013 annual meeting. The number of exhibitors at their largest 2012 convention rose by 2.5 percent; they anticipate nearly the same increase in 2013 over 2012. And in terms of the economic value of their largest 2012 event, meeting professional respondents estimated host destinations benefited by $3.8 million on average, compared to $3.4 million in 2011.

“Things are definitely looking up,” said Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell, who has analyzed the results of the annual Meetings Market Survey for the past 10 years. “But the picture isn’t entirely rosy. During the recession, planners had to do more with less, and that expectation remains. For example, 71 percent of respondents said they had been asked to cut F&B costs and more than a third were asked to cut audiovisual expenses from their 2013 meetings. And planners whose meetings attract government-employee attendees said they are particularly concerned about their ability to attend — and therefore the success of their events — this year.”

Challenges and all, meeting professionals’ responses offer a snapshot of an industry in healthy shape and poised for a better year ahead. Full results of the survey are available here.

About Professional Convention Management Association 
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org.