by Vincent Alonzo | July 05, 2018
Recently, Successful Meetings sent a survey out to our readership asking them to tell us about their international events. Of the respondents 42 percent were corporate planners, 31 percent were association planners, and 27 percent were third party or independent planner. Of that pool, 34 percent said the budgets for international meetings have increased this year. Here's what else they had to say.


Number of international meetings in 2018

Increase: 32%    
Stay the same: 61%    
Decrease: 6%    


Budget for international programs in 2018

    
Increase: 34%
Stay the same: 57%    
Decrease: 6%    
Other (please specify): 2%    


Most common type of international event in 2018

    
Conferences: 64%   
Conventions: 22%    
Exhibitions: 23%    
Incentive Travel: 42%    
Marketing Events: 15%    
Management/Board Meetings: 34%    
Sales Meetings: 28%    
Trade Shows: 21%    
Training Meetings: 30%    
Other (please specify): 18%    


The most challenging aspects of planning an international meeting

    
Communications/language barriers: 49%
Overall costs: 50%    
Fluctuating exchange rates: 38%    
Air access: 28%    
Travel time required: 56%    
Service levels: 25%    
Lack of non-smoking hotel rooms: 9%    
Security concerns: 45%    
Passport requirements: 23%    
Understanding local customs: 19%    
Health concerns such as Zika: 21%    
Weather events, or other force majure situations: 23%    
Political tensions between the host country and the United States: 29%
Other (please specify): 8%
    

The effect terrorism has had on the willingness of your key stakeholders to consider meeting abroad
      
It has made them unwilling to consider all international destinations: 16%
Appropriate European destinations are still being considered: 57%   
Appropriate Asian destinations are still being considered: 33%    
Appropriate South Pacific destinations are still being considered: 29%    
Appropriate African destinations are still being considered: 19%    
Appropriate South American destinations are still being considered: 27%    
Appropriate Central American destinations are still being considered: 26%    
Appropriate Caribbean destinations are still being considered: 39%    
They are still willing to consider Mexico and Canada: 44%    
It has had no effect on their willingness to consider international destinations: 23%

        
Effect he European Union's the General Data Protection Regulation will have on meetings that have European attendees
    
No effect at all: 23%    
It will affect it to a small degree: 36%    
It will make it more difficult to plan events: 15%    
I don't have enough information to offer an opinion: 23%    
Other (please specify): 3%    
    
        
Effect the unpredictability of global weather patterns are having on the willingness of your key stakeholders to consider destinations outside of the United States


It has made them unwilling to consider all international destinations: 11%    
Appropriate European destinations are still being considered being considered: 31%    
Appropriate Asian destinations are still being considered: 7%    
Appropriate South Pacific destinations are still being considered: 20%    
Appropriate African destinations are still being considered: 13%    
Appropriate South American destinations are still being considered: 19%    
Appropriate Central American destinations are still being considered: 16%    
Appropriate Caribbean destinations are still being considered: 23%    
They are still willing to consider Mexico and Canada: 26%
It has had no effect on their willingness to consider international destinations: 50%    

    
Select the regions where your organization would be most likely to host a meeting outside of the United States
      
North America (Canada, Mexico): 80%    
Central and South America: 33%    
Caribbean: 49%    
Europe: 62%    
Africa: 14%    
Middle East: 13%    
Asia: 31%    
Australia and South Pacific: 20%    
    
        
The top factors that influence the decision to select an international destination

Location: 24%    
Size of city: 3%    
Reputation: 9%    
Appeal of destination: 39%    
Security/safety: 35%    
Quality of accommodations: 17%    
Quality, attentiveness of staff: 8%    
Size of meeting facilities: 14%    
Air costs: 16%    
Accommodations costs: 18%    
Catering costs: 4%    
Air access: 20%    
Climate: 8%    
Cultural attractions: 9%    
Favorable exchange rate vs. U.S. dollar: 14%    
Strong membership/ employee/client base in the region: 20%    
Ease of acquiring entrance/exit requirements: 16%