For the ninth consecutive year, M&C takes an
in-depth look at the business of planning meetings, conventions, trade
shows, incentive programs and other events outside the United States.
Our survey of 126 meeting professionals, 83 of whom work for
corporations and 43 for associations, reveals where U.S. groups met in
2011 and the top international destinations for both meetings and
incentives this year and next year. Among other topics addressed: what
planners look for when choosing international destinations, the types of
events they plan, the types of suppliers and services they use, and
TOP SPOTS: 2011Europe was
the top international destination for U.S. groups last year, according
to 60 percent of those polled. Canada was the second-most popular spot
for international meetings, according to 54 percent of respondents,
followed by Mexico with 40 percent. Rounding out the list were Asia (38
percent), followed by Caribbean/Bermuda (32 percent), Central/South
America (26 percent), Australia/New Zealand (17 percent), Middle East
(15 percent) and Africa (8 percent).
CURRENT PICKS: 2012 This
year, Europe retains the top spot for meetings held outside the U.S.,
according to 59 percent of respondents, who will hold meetings there.
The next most popular regions are Asia and Canada, each cited by 39
percent of those polled, followed by the Caribbean/Bermuda (30 percent),
Central/South America (26 percent), Mexico (26 percent), Middle East
(15 percent), Australia/New Zealand (12 percent) and Africa (2 percent).
Two percent of respondents will not hold any international meetings in