IAPCO: Association Meetings Rise, Government Meetings Fall

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With one exception — government meetings — the number of meetings managed by its members rose in 2013, the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO) reported yesterday.

According to IAPCO's annual member survey, IAPCO members handled 2,826 association meetings in 2013, up from 2,607 in 2012. Likewise, they handled 3,329 corporate meetings last year, up from 3,280 the year before. Finally, the number of government meetings IAPCO members managed fell, from a high of 707 in 2011 to 609 in 2013.

“This all shows signs of an economic turnaround, green shoots of an industry recovery, further endorsed by the fact that IAPCO members managed 2,718,797 participants during 2013, an increase of just under 6 percent on the previous year, with the average number of participants per event increasing by 16.5 percent from the low of 2011 (345) to 2013 (402),” IAPCO explained in a press release, adding that room nights created by IAPCO members’ meetings have risen by over 20 percent from 2012.

“But this has all come at a cost to employment, with the number of full time employees engaged by IAPCO members falling by 11 percent from 2011 to 2013,” IAPCO continued. “The economic impact remains staggering. In 2013, IAPCO members organized meetings that contributed to an approximate [$5.9 billion] to local economies.”

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