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March 10, 2015

Americas: Government Meetings Still in Freefall

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Corporate meetings have seen steady positive growth over the past year, but the government meetings segment continues to struggle, showing little sign of regaining its footing, at least not in the quarterly Meetings Outlook report published by Meeting Professionals International.

MPI asks planner and supplier respondents, “Compared to one year ago, which client segment of your organization’s meeting and event-related business has seen the greatest decrease in activity?” In the Winter 2015 report, whose data was collected in November 2014, almost half of respondents saw government meetings in decline. That’s even more than the 43 percent who reported declines in the August 2014 outlook, which itself was a dramatic increase over the 31 percent who saw declines in the May 2014 survey. (And in response to the converse question in the current report—asking which segment showed the greatest uptick—no one said government.)

It’s well known that government meetings took a big hit after negative publicity about a mismanaged U.S. General Services Administration conference in Las Vegas in 2010.

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