The business outlook for 2015 is optimistic (at least cautiously so) for 72 percent of the 173 respondents to a new M&C poll. Rising costs are a prevalent worry, but nearly half anticipate higher meeting budgets next year. What are the biggest changes -- and challenges -- planners expect in the new year? Go to mcmag.com/research for verbatim comments.
How will the number of meetings you hold change next year?
30% More meetings
54% No change
16% Fewer meetings
How will the number of attendees change year-over-year?
52% More attendees
38% No change
10% Fewer attendees
What best describes your business outlook for 2015?
14% Very optimistic
58% Cautiously optimistic
11% Somewhat concerned
1% Extremely concerned
What are key concerns regarding your 2015 meetings?
76% Higher costs for hotels, airfare, other expenses
54% Tight budget
33% Higher occupancy/limited space for meetings
31% Unpredictable weather events
24% Domestic economic uncertainty
23% Global economic uncertainty
16% Possible spread of Ebola/other viruses
15% Perception issues related to meetings
15% Threat of terrorism
10% Union problems/strikes
7% Controversial state or local laws
6% Unemployment level
Source: M&C Research survey of 173 meeting professionals