by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 22, 2016

A study of 729 meeting professionals conducted by the IMEX Group reveals that more than one third of those polled (35 percent) would not use a sharing-economy service, other than ground transportation services such as Uber and Lyft, for business. When those resondents were asked why, the top-cited concerns were quality and safety.  

The survey also looked at the preference in different global regions: 15 percent of those based in Africa, the Middle East or Far East claim that they would not use a sharing-economy service for business, while 41 percent of U.S. respondents and 42 percent of German planners polled would avoid using them.  

The survey also revealed that nearly 45 percent believe legislation, regulation, objections and taxation will slow or limit the expansion of sharing-economy services in many countries, but 44 percent think that many new services will be successful over the next five years.