As laws curtailing smoking in public places
become increasingly strict nationwide, M&C went to meeting
planners to get their take on smoking at meetings. More than 525
planners responded to the online survey, with about one in five (18
percent) indicating they are smokers Interestingly, 38 percent said
smoking plays no part in their choice of facilities. The majority
of planners do consider the smoking needs of attendees, however.
Half of those polled said they sometimes or always choose
nonsmoking facilities for their meetings or events. On the other
hand, nearly one-third (32 percent) sometimes or always choose
facilities where smoking is permitted.
The clear majority (62 percent) would like to see more cities
enact broad nonsmoking laws. Still, 82 percent of the planners
polled said these laws have no bearing on their venue choices.
Nineteen percent of respondents believe
hotels need to offer more nonsmoking guest rooms, while 8 percent
would like to see more smoking rooms. A bold 9 percent admit to
having asked a nonsmoking facility to allow smoking for their
One quarter of the planners surveyed also find complaints about
smoking rise when meetings are held at casino hotels. This is a
rather large percentage, given that more than half of the
respondents (52 percent) said they don’t use casino hotels for
Another 18 percent said they field more smoking complaints at
overseas venues. Again, this is significant when considering that
63 percent of those surveyed do not hold meetings outside of the
Yes: 18% No: 82%
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