UK: Survey Shows More Meetings Planned for UK Associations
Associations are organising more events with bigger budgets, according to the latest British Meetings and Events Industry Survey (BMEIS).
The results for the 2014/15 study show 30 per cent of UK-based associations expect to organise more events in the next 12 months.
The findings were revealed in part by Sally Greenhill of the Right Solution to the audience at the State of the Industry Masterclass last Friday, hosted by the UK and Ireland chapter of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and M&IT magazine.
The BMEIS also showed a 38 per cent hike in the number of events held by associations in the past year, with an average of 51, compared to 37 in the 2013/14 poll.
Although the average number of delegates attending an association's main annual event remained steady, only shifting from 436 to 438 people, associations reported a 0.6 percentage point increase in annual budgets to June 2014 - and forecast a 3.6 per cent rise to June 2015.