Measuring what matters to the meetings industry, including our own meetings market, salary, and special-topic surveys. Plus ideas and innovations applied to the meetings industry, from authors and speakers working in a variety of fields.

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Massive Trade Shows Struggle With Engagement

A new report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research reveals that attendee expectations and satisfaction rates are different, depending on the size of trade shows.

Meetings Market Survey

AV, F&B, and Other Planner Pain Points

Convene asked Meetings Market Survey respondents to share what’s causing them angst — and not surprisingly, they cited budget woes and escalating costs most often.

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What is Your Top On-the-Job Challenge?

For many events industry strategists responding to Convene’s latest Meetings Market Survey, it’s a toss-up between a lack of time and a lack of budget. Here’s a look at other issues that made the list.

DEI: Top Tips Moderating Session Chats

Actively engaging digital and hybrid events participants is something we should all strive for. This resource provides insightful tips to guide you through the process of selecting the right in-room and online moderators and shaping the flow of conversation to craft an unforgettable user experience.

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28th Annual Meetings Market Survey: Who Responded?

Each year, meeting planners who are members of PCMA and an additional group of Convene meeting planner subscribers receive an extensive Meetings Market Survey, which requests proprietary information and budget projections for their organizations. Here are the characteristics of that sample.

Meetings Market Survey: Operating Ratios

When respondents to Convene’s latest Meetings Market Survey were asked to write in their No. 1 on-the-job challenge, budget frustrations were the most-frequently cited woe. Here is a graphical look at more of the responses relating to operating ratios.

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Meetings Market Survey: Expositions

Respondents to Convene’s Meetings Market Survey 2018 reported that, on average, attendance at their largest convention/meeting exposition in 2018 dropped from 2017. The graphics below show more survey results relating to expositions.

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Meetings Market Survey: Small Meetings

Respondents to Convene's Meetings Market Survey 2018 reported that, on average, they are booking their small meetings about 10 months out, the same as the 2017 survey. The graphics below highlight more survey results relating to small meetings.

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Meetings Market Survey: International Meetings, Attendees

Eighty-eight percent of respondents to Convene’s 28th Annual Meetings Market Survey said that it was more difficult for potential event registrants to obtain visas in 2018 than in 2017. The graphics here illustrate other results from the survey relating to international meetings and attendees.