by Vincent Alonzo | June 12, 2017
Recently, Successful Meetings sent a survey out to our readership asking them to tell us what they felt were the most important trends affecting international meetings in 2017. Of the respondents 43 percent were corporate planners, 34 percent were independent or third party planners. 23 percent worked for associations, and Of that pool, 56 percent reported that conferences are the most common type of meeting they plan internationally. Here's what else they had to say.


Number of meetings planned outside of the United States


1-5: 43%
Do not plan international meetings: 19%
Plan meetings internationally but not on an annual basis: 12%
6-10: 11%
11-25: 7%
26-50: 3%
Over 50: 5%


Most common number of attendees at international meetings


Under 50: 38%
251-500: 17%
51-100: 16%
101-250: 11%
501-1000: 7%
1001-3000: 7%
Over 5000: 3%
3001-5000: 1%


Number of international meetings in 2017 compared to 2016


Has stayed the same: 61%
Has increased: 21%
Has decreased: 18%


Budgets in 2017 compared to 2016

Has stayed the same: 58%
Has increased: 25%
Has decreased: 17%


Most common types of meetings planned internationally

Conferences: 56%
Incentive Travel: 34%
Training Meetings: 32%
Sales Meetings: 31%
Management/Board Meetings: 23%
Exhibitions: 20%
Conventions: 19%
Marketing Events: 19%
Trade Shows: 16%


Most challenging aspects of planning meetings outside of the United States


Overall costs: 57%
Communications/language barriers: 41%
Security concerns: 41%
Travel time required: 39%
Fluctuating exchange rates: 25%
Service levels: 21%
Political tensions between the host country and the United States: 19%
Outbreaks of Zika, cholera, or malaria or other health concerns: 18%
Air access: 16%
Passport requirements: 16%
Understanding local customs: 14%
Weather events or other force majure situations: 9%
Lack of non-smoking hotel rooms: 3%


Effect the terrorism threat is having on key meetings stakeholders


Appropriate European destinations are still under consideration 51%
They are still willing to consider Mexico and Canada: 36%
Appropriate Caribbean destinations are still under consideration 31%
Appropriate Asian destinations are still under consideration 28%
Appropriate South Pacific destinations are still under consideration 23%
It has had no effect on their willingness to consider international destinations: 23%
Appropriate South American destinations are still under consideration 18%
Appropriate Central American destinations are still under consideration 18%
It has made them unwilling to consider international destinations: 15%
Appropriate African destinations are still under consideration 14%


Effect Zika and other health concerns are having on key meetings stakeholders


It has had no effect on their willingness to consider international destinations: 50%
Appropriate European destinations are still under consideration: 29%
They are still willing to consider Mexico and Canada: 25%
Appropriate Asian destinations are still under consideration 24%
Appropriate Caribbean destinations are still under consideration: 16%
Appropriate South Pacific destinations are still under consideration: 13%
It has made them unwilling to consider international destinations: 10%
Appropriate African destinations are still under consideration: 9%
Appropriate South American destinations are still under consideration: 8%
Appropriate Central American destinations are still under consideration: 8%


Effect the policies of the Trump administration having on key meetings stakeholders


It has had no effect on their willingness to consider international destinations: 55%
They are still willing to consider Mexico and Canada: 25%
Appropriate European destinations are still under consideration: 21%
Appropriate Caribbean destinations are still under consideration: 16%
Appropriate Asian destinations are still under consideration: 10%
Appropriate South Pacific destinations are still under consideration: 10%
It has made them unwilling to consider international destinations: 9%
Appropriate African destinations are still under consideration: 6%
Appropriate South American destinations are still under consideration: 6%
Appropriate Central American destinations are still under consideration: 6%


Regions outside of the United States most popular for international meetings

North America (Canada, Mexico): 70%
Europe: 53%
Caribbean: 33%
Central and South America: 23%
Australia and South Pacific: 19%
Asia: 18%
Middle East: 9%
Africa: 6%


Top three factors that influence site selection for international meetings

Security/safety: 24%
Appeal of destination: 17%
Air costs: 17%


Bottom three factors that don't influence site selection for international meetings


Reputation of the destination: 4%
Size of the destination: 2%
F&B costs: 1%