by Vincent Alonzo | November 01, 2018
Recently, Successful Meetings sent a survey out to identify meeting trends for 2019. Of the respondents, 33 percent were corporate planners, 33 percent were association planners and 34 percent were third party or independent planners. Of that pool, 60 percent say providing quality meetings on limited budgets is their biggest issue. Here's what else they had to say.

Top issues important to planning effective meetings in 2019


Providing quality meetings on limited budgets: 60%
Keeping up with meetings technology: 58%
Creating compelling meeting content: 49%
Proving ROI for meetings: 47%
Managing safety and security risks associated with meetings: 46%
Negotiating with suppliers: 36%
Planning for extreme weather incidents disrupting meetings: 27%
Issues affecting site selection of destinations: 26%
Issues affecting site selection of properties: 26%
Consolidation in the hotel, airline and DMC sectors: 25%
Providing healthy lifestyle options at meetings: 25%
The need to incorporate sustainable practices into meetings: 13%


Most difficult technology challenges facing meetings in 2019

Identifying technology most useful in improving the quality of meetings: 46%
Getting enough WiFi bandwidth to meet the needs of attendees: 40%
Effectively integrating technology into meetings: 39%
Getting attendees on-site to use the social media tools: 37%
Keeping attendee data secure from hackers: 35%
Getting enough WiFi bandwidth to deliver meetings content: 33%
Developing effective social media strategies to promote meetings: 31%
Interpreting data from apps and other technology tools to measure event ROI: 30%
Keeping meeting content secure from hackers: 23%
Developing virtual meeting offerings for attendees: 16%


Most difficult challenges in dealing with the hospitality industry in 2019


Negotiating room block rates: 56%
Negotiating meeting room rates: 42%
Consolidation in the hospitality industry: 35%
Lead time as it pertains to room block availability: 34%
Working with A/V and event producers to create meeting environments: 34%
Lead time as it pertains to meeting room availability: 30%
Providing healthy lifestyle options at meetings: 15%
Room block disrupters such as Airbnb: 14%
Reducing your event's carbon footprint on-site: 13%


Most difficult challenges in creating meetings content in 2019


Creating compelling meeting content: 60%
Creating compelling meeting environments conducive to learning: 48%
Getting quality speakers and presenters: 46%
Getting attendees to embrace apps and second screen technologies: 41%
Getting enough WiFi bandwidth to meet the needs of your content: 35%
Developing virtual meeting offerings for your attendees: 21%
Keeping meetings content safe from hackers: 18%
Providing healthy lifestyle options at meetings: 17%