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by Sarah J.F. Braley | October 08, 2012

Meeting Professionals International's MPI Foundation has released new research on the trends that will impact the events industry for the near future. Researchers at the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality at Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K. conducted interviews with 26 leaders in the fields of trends, economics, science, technology, population business, retail and tourism to compile the findings. A number of insights from the participants make up the study, including this from Chris Sanderson, co-founder and strategy and insight director for the Future Laboratory, who describes the last 10 years as "a decade of extreme change. All the research that we've done -- be it geopolitical, economic, climate, social or cultural change -- says that everything is going to develop in a rapid and revolutionary manner." The experts agreed that while people will continue to need to meet in person and online, the value of these meetings will need to outweigh the significant costs associated with such events. The research is Phase II of the MPI Foundation's three-part Future of Meetings initiative and is made possible with support from PSAV Presentation Services, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and Omni Hotels & Resorts. The research was detailed at IMEX America today in Las Vegas, and 10 papers will be published soon. Go to www.mpiweb.org/fom for more information. MPI plans to release a Future of Meetings toolkit next year.