by Loren G. Edelstein | December 01, 2013

Budgets are on the rise for a majority of meeting planners. Thirty-nine percent of 134 respondents to a recent M&C Research poll will spend more on meetings and events in 2014, while another 44 percent expect no change year-over-year. Higher costs for hotels, airfare and other elements are a key factor in the budget bump, noted 44 percent of respondents. Also, nearly one in five will hold more meetings next year, and 42 percent expect more attendees.