Meeting Professionals International (MPI), published its 2022 Winter Meetings Outlook, a quarterly report that identifies new trends and innovations. 

Among its findings: 

  • The “great resignation” continues to impact the meeting and event industry, with 60% of respondents indicating difficulty finding suitable staff—that’s more than double the percentage of respondents who said the same last summer.
  • 82% of respondents project favorable business conditions over the next year, back up to the level seen in the spring 2021 survey.
  • More than 50% of respondents currently or soon plan on requiring proof of vaccination for staff, contractors and in-person event participants.
  • The percentage of respondents anticipating favorable live attendance over the next 12 months is at 75%, almost matching the all-time high seen in the summer 2021 survey.

Meetings Outlook is developed in partnership with IMEX Group. The full report can be found here: https://www.mpi.org/docs/default-source/meetings-outlook/meetings-outlook-winter-2022.pdf

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide with 13,000 engaged members and nearly 70 chapters and clubs in more than 75 countries. 

 

 

 

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