Meeting Professionals International’s bimonthly economic report, the Business Barometer, shows continued improvement in the meetings industry. The largest uptick was seen in employment: In April, 14 percent of the organizations surveyed reported an increase in full-time employees; that number is 27 percent for June. A significant number of meeting professionals are seeing attendance increases, with 39 percent of the sample saying their meetings have grown since this time last year. That’s a big change from April, when only 10 percent of the respondents said their attendance had increased. Looking at trends that will most affect meetings over the next six months, 10 percent said shorter lead times will be most influential, followed by more meetings being booked (7 percent), low budgets (6 percent) and economic uncertainty (5 percent). The full report is available at no cost for MPI members here; nonmembers can buy the report for $25.
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