27 Jun 2016 Reinvent your approach to sustainability!
In an increasingly complex business environment where ‘doing more with less’ has become the norm, it can be difficult for meeting professionals to keep up with the latest trends and developments, let alone ensure that their events are planned in a more sustainable way. Indeed, the perception that sustainability is too complicated, time consuming and/or costly is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why many organisations still do not put much emphasis on this during their event planning process. Instead of being embraced as an opportunity to innovate, sustainability is often viewed as a chore; more about compliance than creativity. While there are ever growing concerns about the effects of climate change, instead of being overwhelmed by (or oblivious to) the short and long term impacts, we can be all be more proactive in our day to day lives, including taking small steps in our meetings and events. It is not about perfection, but continuous improvement. This is the underlying principle of ISO 20121, the international event sustainability management systems standard launched in 2012. It is also reflected in the Danish Meetovation principle of responsible thinking, alongside active involvement, creative setups, local inspiration and return on investment. In other words, today’s best practice is to incorporate sustainability into the planning process versus treating it as a separate activity or function. As part of the design of EMEC 2016 in Copenhagen, MPI applied responsible thinking in the following ways: Destination Selection: MPI selected Copenhagen, Denmark – the Capital of Sustainable Meetings – as the host destination, among the most forward-thinking and sustainable cities and countries in the world. Venue Selection: The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen was chosen as the host hotel and conference venue, a Green Key certifiedproperty and part of a global brand with a strong Responsible Business culture. A commitment to CSR (corporate social responsibility) and sustainable practices was also a major deciding factor in the selection of all offsite venues, including Langelinie Pavillonen, Copenhagen Street Food and Toldboden. Food & Beverage: All food served during the conference breaks and lunches consisted of Brain Food, part of Radisson Blu’s Experience Meetings Concept. Waste Management: Food waste at Radisson Blu Scandinavia was composted, donated to local farms and/or to a local shelter. Food waste was also the focus of Monday’s Lunch and Learn session. Any paper, plastic, glass and cans used during the conference were recycled, whenever possible. Education: Participants explored the Meetovation principle of Responsible Thinking during Monday’s General Session II and had the opportunity to take the #BeeSustain Challenge on Tuesday morning. Technology: All conference information was made available on the website and mobile app, including the option to build your personal schedule. Procurement: Badge holders were biodegradable and lanyards were made with recycled bottles. The My Story notebook was printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper. Community Service: Participants were invited to bring new and gently used hats, scarves, gloves and/or socks to Copenhagen to donate to the Danish Red Cross. They could also purchase honey gifts from ByBi (City Bee), a Copenhagen-based non-profit cooperative which has installed hives on the city’s rooftops and in its green spaces and parks in cooperation with local organisations and companies. The honey is sold or used in other products, and all profits are reinvested in social and environmental activities.  For more sustainability ideas, inspiration and resources, click below: Written by Andrew Walker CMP, Manager Events, MPI...
20 Jun 2016 Event profs prepare yourselves to be amazed during Future of Events in Amsterdam!
Note: This event was cancelled due to low number of attendees!   The first day Monday 22 August, we will present more than 30 national and international speakers, which will inspire you with non-commercial workshops and master classes. During the conference, with 20 top keynote speakers from all over the world, we will go in-depth on the Event industry. At our exhibition, on Tuesday and Wednesday, you can experience the latest Event technologies, gadgets and get new inspiration for your next event. No typical products such as USB sticks and printed mugs, but 3.0 innovations, inspirations and gadgets, to make your next event a great success. Future of Event takes you on a three day adventure with an extensive and versatile program. Within a short time you are up to date and educated on the latest trends in the field of experience, engagement and event technology. Workshops, master classes and keynotes Learn from the best during our workshops and/or master classes and get inspired by our keynote speakers. Speakers such as Corbin Ball, David Adler and Joe English will share useful tips and tricks. Creative Disasters Creative Disasters is a forum to candidly and creatively share event failure stories and learn from them. Jaspar Roos (Chief Inspiration Officer and Innovator at XL Family) shall lead Creative Disasters. It will be an instructive and interactive session with a happy note. This part takes place at Strand Zuid, Amsterdam’s unique City Beach, located behind the RAI. Concept Lane A lane will be filled with start-ups showcasing the newest gadgets and technologies from for use in the event business. Cool new products and services! Event Champ Event Champ is a challenge/competition that will bring Marketing managers and  Event managers, of corporates or associations, on the main stage to share their request for proposal. He/she will ask the audience of Future of Events to send in their best creative idea – live! The representatives will introduce themselves and explain their RfP in 8 minutes. MPI members can register online with the discount code FOEMPI16. You will receive the following discount: > €299 (instead of €499) until June 30, 2016 > €699 (instead of €999) from July 1, 2016 INTERESTED? OR NEED AN INVOICE INSTEAD OF REGISTERING ONLINE? CONTACT attendee@futureofevents.org For further information, a personalized group reservation or a social (family) program, feel free to contact us at: marieke@futureofevents.org ...
13 Jun 2016 Join us to celebrate MPI Italia Chapter 25th Anniversary in Napoli!
Prior to the 25th Annual Convention MPI Italia Chapter will celebrate its Past Presidents at the Palazzo Caracciolo on June 30th. Most of the Chapter's Past Presidents will attend the dinner and for sure exchange some good memories and anecdots. On July 1st the Hotel Royal Continental will host the EDU LAB DAY and THE KEYNOTE CHALLENGE. The day will start with the Institutional Greetings from Fiona Pelham, Chair of the MPI International Board of Directors, Giovanna Lucherini, President MPI Italia Chapter and Director Convention Bureau Napoli and Mauro Bernardini, President Elect MPI Italia Chapter. Here are some of the speakers invited to "The Keynote Challenge" #mpita25: Human Resources session : Alessandro Costantino, will explain "Why it is key to your success to set up relations with suppliers, coworkers, consultants who make you “sleep quite nights”. Marketing & Personal Branding / Sales session: (in english) With Bert van Loon: Learn why a personal brand becomes more and more important in today’s business. Learn how to design your personal brand. Learn how to create visibility for your personal brand and convert your visibility to business leads. Hospitality session: Concetta D'Emma, Unconventional Founder on "How to provide customers’ satisfaction to clients with peculiar food needs and to improve one’s own brand reputation. All that remains still untold. International Business session : Etiquette according to Confucius ! Carlotta Trevisan: Through the presentation of some keywords verbal and non verbal communication attitudes will be explained to overcome stereotypes and cliches on Chinese people Social Media session: Gaetano Contento, We are going towards the "economy of creation". In this new phase the main actor will no longer be the producer nor the consumer, but the one who will produce and consume in a single action, the so-called "prosumer": like internet users, who consume and produce at the same time the web contents The MPI Italia 25th Annual Convention will end with a Cocktail, Dinner, Celebration of MPI Awards 2016 followed by a Party at Villa Donn’Anna in Posillipo, Napoli. Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter The MPI Italia board is looking forward to welcome you in Napoli for exciting moments ! Giovanna Lucherini MPI Italia President. Click below to register and for the full program.    ...
6 Jun 2016 Chapter President's Voice: Jane Baker MPI UK & Ireland Chapter !
Could you give us a brief overview of your professional background and how did you start your career in the Meeting Industry? I didn’t set out to work in the events industry but after studying economics at university, I decided that rather than go into a traditional finance or accounting career, I set out into a sales career. I joined an exhibition organizer before moving onto event agencies including GPJ, CWT Meetings & Events and my current agency, 2Heads, where we deliver B2B brand experiences for firms including Bombardier, BBW Worldwide, Sony and Airbus. How has your MPI membership affected your professional career? Through MPI, I’ve met some great people in the events industry both in the UK and overseas, and made many friends. By hosting events on behalf of the UK & Ireland chapter, I’ve also been able to gain valuable public speaking practice that has definitely boosted my presentation confidence. Can you tell us more about your role as Chapter President? What’s new with the Chapter and what are the goals that you would like to achieve with the UK&I Chapter in the coming months? My year as chapter president begins in July 2016 but the wider board that I’ll work alongside has recently been elected. We meet as a team at the end of June to build our plan for the coming year in terms of campaigns, deliverables and targets. Since I joined the UK & Ireland chapter board in 2013, we’ve been focused on delivering great content at the chapter events – it’s something we’ve done well and certainly something we plan to build on during the next slate year. We’ve also launched a fantastic CMP Bootcamp programme that will continue next year. We are confident that certification will help industry professionals gain the recognition and compensation they deserve. According to you what are the possible effects a Brexit could have on the UK Events & Meetings industry? I think, in the long term, the UK meetings and events industry will continue to thrive irrespective of the Brexit vote outcome. As a destination, the UK boasts excellent venues, transport infrastructure and cultural attractions that make it a popular choice for incoming events. Plus the creative talent and respected supplier base means that we can expect continued demand for these services overseas. I don’t expect a vote either way to have a significant impact on these levels of demand in the long run. What piece of advice would you give to young professionals starting a career in the Meeting and Event Industry? Get involved in networking activities to meet as many industry colleagues as you can and build personal connections. Don’t expect networking to deliver immediate returns – it’s really unlikely that the person you meet will offer you a job the same night or invite you to an RFP for a high value project. What is more likely is that the person you’ve met will remember you from your conversation, and if they like you, they might recommend you when that job or tender comes up. You can get involved with MPI in the UK & Ireland at these upcoming events: MPI Insights – Trends in event design and measuring ROI 6 June 2016, May Fair Hotel, Green Park, London Speakers include: • Bonny Shapira, event lead for Cisco Live • Sofia Godinho, head of events for Societe Generale • Jon Coventry, head of production at Banks Sadler • James Morgan, founder of Event Tech Lab • And many more Register here: https://www.cvent.com/c/express/4e9a250d-28bc-439d-8f25-8dda1d73eb06 MPI Rendezvous at The Meeting Show 14 June 2016, Under The Bridge at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, London Join us for a night of networking, music and dancing for the very first Rendezvous event in Europe. If you buy a Preferred or Premier MPI Membership for Planner or Supplier we will offer you the ticketfor rendezvous! Interview from: Jane Baker, Commercial Director, 2Heads & President Elect, MPI UK & Ireland...
30 May 2016 More interaction at your next event? or 7 ways to boost your event!
As a professional speaker, I have the chance to attend a lot of events & conferences. Some are very good, most of them are quite boring. And that's a real pity because there are a lot of alternative concepts that help creating an event that will be remembered in a good way. And it doesn't have to cost a lot of money, energy and doesn't require high-tech solutions. I’ve been working together with MPI Belgium to implement a few ideas at their educations. Here are a few ideas to increase interactivity: * Use innovative Large Scale Interventions. A lot of people think that it’s impossible to work in an interactive way with large groups. But it is possible. It’s called an unconference (= participant- driven event). Methods like world cafe, open space, barcamps ... are perfect to let your participants interact and learn from each other. At the Healthcare Forum, we organized a Mega-brainstorming session where participants could share ideas around 5 relevant challenges for the industry. * Decorate the location with inspiring quotes and photos. It’s quite easy to find and print some compelling quotes and pictures. Hang them at several places in the conference location— including the unexpected (think bathroom). Even better: Ask participants to bring their favorite quotes or pictures. * Use a wordcloud to introduce speakers. Ask the speakers in advance to send you 21 words that would describe the speaker (professional and personal information). Use these words to introduce the speaker instead of reading out a boring biography. * Organize business blind dates. Form random subgroups of 4 participants when they enter the event and ask them to share insights at 3 pre-determined moments during the conference. * Do something unexpected. Surprise the participants by doing something that’s not done at a ‘normal‘ conference. Work with actors; give everybody a pine- apple; ask them to walk backwards for 10 meter; ... You will immediately get their full attention. It’s important to connect the unexpected element with the theme at a later stage during the event. * Allow time for reflection. Participants have to be attentive for a long time during a conference. Invite people to have one-minute slack moments between presentations so they can reflect, share insights, or just wander off for a moment. These are just a few examples of how you can create a more interactive event. I have collected 14 more on a Slideshare, called “21 Ways to Boost Your Event”. We would like to challenge you to experiment with these interventions and remember the words from Donald Kendall: “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Bio: @CyrielKortleven - Global speaker who loves to boost a creative & entrepreneurial mindset - www.cyrielkortleven.com...
23 May 2016 Winners inspire others at Danish Events & Meetings Awards - DEMA 2016!
Denmark's Meetings and Events Industry gathered on April the 27th to celebrate the people, companies and initiatives that create the most value in meetings, and are the most innovative and inspirational to others in the Danish meetings industry, at the annual Danish Events & Meetings Award 2016 - DEMA 16, organized by MPI Denmark Chapter. "It has been an exciting process this year, due to the high quality of our nominees. The many innovative entrants received, demonstrated great commitment in the Danish Meetings industry, and it was a very close race among the many shortlisted companies. However, the Jury elected entrants who excelled in explaining what extra value their cases generated to a given meeting or event, and who could be a great inspiration to others in our industry, and the Danish Meetings Industry then got involved by voting for their favourite candidates," says DEMA’s Jury Chairman, Steen Møller, Head of Business Events Denmark at VisitDenmark. Think out of the box with your clients Among the award show winners were the Danish event agency Eventually, who received an impressive three awards for ‘Best Agency’, ‘Best External Case’ and ‘Best Internal Case’. "The quality of the nominations for this year's DEMA has been incredibly high – which is why we are even more proud of receiving three awards! At Eventually, we try to make unique, innovative and creative solutions to our clients every time. We are so fortunate that our clients often agree with us on taking a chance, thinking out of the box and trying to raise the standard for the purpose of their meeting or event," explains the Creative Director of Eventually, Mads Zangenberg. Street food and creative settings Copenhagen's popular food market, Copenhagen Street Food, also received awards for ‘Best Venue’ and ‘Best Integrated Support’. "We are very honoured and grateful that Copenhagen Street Food wins two awards. We are delighted that the Danish meetings industry acknowledges that the food and settings for an event can have a huge impact on what you get out of the meeting or event. The way you serve food in creative settings can easily be used actively as a tool or an ice-breaker to make people network and build relationships, which then again can lead to new projects and improved cooperation. A more original and purposeful use of food and venue really does create results,” says PR & Communications Consultant, Maja Tini Jensen from Copenhagen Street Food. Great support from the Meetings Industry In total, this year’s DEMA Jury had 110 entrants and the Danish meetings and events industry could, after the jury's deliberation, vote online on 29 candidates for 8 different awards, another two awards were decided by the jury and on the spot by guests participating at the DEMA. The voting took place online via MPI Denmark’s website where a total of 467 had cast their vote and 355 people participated in the party. Next step is a MPI Denmark seminar dubbed ‘Together we are all winners!’ where members of MPI can meet the DEMA winners, hear more about their successful cases, get inspired, and share ideas. Read more about DEMA, the cases and the new Jury at www.mpidenmark.dk...
16 May 2016 Meetings Outlook - Spring 2016 Edition is out!
Instead of using printed signs to announce meeting rooms, Bob Walker has been turning to digital versions when possible. It’s not because of the “Gee whiz” factor; it’s practicality, digital signs save on both printing and the labor to post and retrieve paper signs. “The digital network gives you the opportunity to do that seamlessly,” says Walker MPI Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter and vice president at Freeman, Dallas-based integrator of solutions for live events. With conditions in the meeting and event industry humming, many meeting professionals now have the luxury of focusing their attention on best practices such as this, particularly in the use of technology as well as growth. “Technology is so important in our industry,” says Marie Botvinick, CMP, CMM MPI Orange County Chapter, founder of D’or Solutions in Solana Beach, California. “A lot of times we are ahead of the curve. We are learning it in our industry before it is presented to the world on a daily basis.” What is giving meeting professionals the breathing room to search for best practices is the ongoing seller’s market, says Bill Voegeli MPI Georgia Chapter, president of Association Insights, the Atlanta-area research firm that conducts the Meetings Outlook survey. The survey found that 32 percent cited the seller’s market as a top issue. “The market continues to be in a position of steady growth,” Voegeli says. “As long as you have this seller’s market, you have this steady slow growth. We are seeing a healthy industry for a prolonged period of time. None of this can happen when budgets are shrinking and people are hiding and getting fired. It can only happen in the market we have right now, which is a safe growth market.”  A positive outlook Tech goes beyond the Wow factor With meeting professionals seeing growth on the horizon, many are experimenting with technology to bring more productivity, value, cost savings, accuracy and revenue to their meetings and events, the survey found. 16% of respondents named “more valuable technology” a top issue. The survey found that they are identifying efficiencies most easily in the effective use of communications (outbound, inbound and across platforms), reduction of printing and shipping costs, consistency of information among disparate users and the ability to keep information (such as schedules, pricing, space availability and alerts) up-to-date. Many are taking an attitude similar to swimmers who have mastered the basic strokes, as once-novel technologies become mainstream, according to Voegeli: “Now they can have fun.” With 19% of respondents saying they use social media at all of their meetings and 20% reporting that they use it at most meetings, what they really want to do is use it more efficiently and effectively, he says. Apps are also capturing meeting professionals’ attention. Botvinick will be experimenting with one at a client’s upcoming association convention. Attendees will be able to submit questions to the speakers during the live event via the convention app. Members who can’t attend will also be able to use the app to submit questions. The next frontier seems to be data gathering. In anecdotal evidence, meeting professionals suspect newer technologies may provide valuable data about attendees, sponsors and event ROI, but there was little evidence that these meeting professionals know what data to collect, what to use and how to get the most from it within their organizations. Teachable Moments To be sure, technology hasn’t lost its ability to wow and many meeting professionals are still using it to jazz up their meetings. That is providing an opportunity for vendors to educate them on how to get more practical benefits from it. “The meeting professional in the field is getting pressure from their powers-that-be to bring more pizzazz,” says Jeff Rasco, CMP MPI Texas Hill Country Chapter, CEO of Attendee Management Inc., a provider of attendee registration software based in Wimberly, Texas. “Maybe it is because of better information sharing, but a lot of times, frankly, somebody went to a conference and they had this cool thing. Now they want that cool thing at their meeting. There is no concept of budget, of what it takes to implement it.”In such scenarios, Rasco’s firm will start asking questions: What are you trying to accomplish with the meeting? What are your goals—and how can technology help? “It doesn’t help the meeting if it breaks the bank,” Rasco says. “On the other hand if you really need technology, whether it is attendance tracking, lead retrieval or onsite badge printing, there are sometimes ways to accomplish the same thing for less. Sometimes there is a price range that is thousands of dollars apart.” Rasco had one opportunity to educate a longtime client when it wanted a mobile app to do attendee track- ing and its marketing department threw in some requirements, too. “Some of the most obvious and cheapest solutions were taken off the table,” Rasco says. “We started with a list of about 10 companies that would be able to provide all of the things required. The pricing per application ranged from a little less than US$5,000 to $15,000. The final decision wasn’t the cheapest or the most expensive. We were able to find a very good solution that was in the middle and accomplished everyone’s goals.” In the seller’s market, one issue that is affecting the use of technology is charges for bandwidth. Some respondents complained of venues charging high prices for internet access, which they think should be free, and are pushing hotels and convention centers to offer that. Download here the full report. The MPI in Europe Team...
13 May 2016 MPI Foundation Rendezvous Fundraising Event is coming to The Meeting Show UK!
The Meeting Professionals International Foundation and The Meetings Show have formed an exciting new partnership that will bring the foundation’s signature networking and fundraising event, Rendezvous, to London for the first time. The event will be a key part of The Meetings Shows networking calendar when it takes place on Tuesday, 14 June from 21:00 to 01:00 at Under the Bridge, the award-winning music venue located in West London. Proceeds from Rendezvous at The Meetings Show will directly benefit European projects within the meetings and events industry. “We have been looking for strategic opportunities to globally expand the MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous brand. London is one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities, making it an ideal destination to start broadening the reach of our signature event,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “In addition, partnering with The Meetings Show provides an excellent opportunity to showcase Rendezvous with an established and well-respected industry event, benefitting the MPI community across Europe.” Mix and mingle with your industry colleagues and make new connections Experience the award-winning music venue, Under the Bridge, at the esteemed Chelsea Football Club Enjoy music, dancing, open bar and light snacks Purchase tickets for your clients so they won’t be left out Proceeds from ticket sales go to the MPI Foundation in Europe which gives back to MPI members in the form of education grants and scholarships. The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry, taking place 14-16 June, 2016 at Olympia, London. Organised by meeting professionals for meeting professionals, it is focused around a large exhibition, networking opportunities and professional education. Looking forward to see you there! The MPI in Europe team will be present with MPI UK & Ireland Chapter at the show. #RNDZ16 - #MPIINEUROPE - #TMS16 About MPI Foundation: The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The not-for-profit organization also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding important and quality research initiatives....
9 May 2016 #WEC16 Atlantic City : Inspiration and Education by MPI !
The conference will incorporate new and unconventional elements such as an engaging general session room design, more active audience participation and exclusive senior meeting professional education opportunities. WEC 2016 will be held at the newly opened Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center, and Meet AC will be providing with complimentary ground transportation service from both Philadelphia International Airport and Atlantic City International Airport to WEC host hotels.WEC is MPI's annual signature event through which it delivers premier education, business and networking opportunities to MPI members and the wider meeting and event community. For more than 3 days, WEC participants will be immersed in a program designed to energize and inspire a re-imagining of what's possible with meetings and events. This year's conference will deliver more than 80 education sessions focusing on four main topics: Leadership & Strategic Planning, Supplier Focus, Meeting Planning & Project Management, and Meeting & Event Design. Sessions will deepen international meeting planning, event security, trends in convention center sales, cloud computing, attracting and retaining millennials, risk management and meeting planning. At WEC, the MPI Academy will deliver several certificate programs just prior to the conference. These include the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate(HMCC) course; Meetings & Events at Sea presented in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA); Going Local: A Roadmap for Inspiring Sense of Place; and ColorUP!™It's Time to Think Creative, Be Creative and Plan Creative Experiences.  “Rewrite the rules” is both the conference theme and the approach to meeting design led by MPI Senior Director of Events Matthew Marcial. “This year is all about doing things differently,” Marcial says. “In our general session redesign, in how we’re using the space … we’re taking the risks so you don’t have to.” When participants enter the general session, the first thing they’ll notice is the staging—four screens and stages scattered throughout the space so there’s not a bad seat in the house. It’s Marcial’s hope that attending meeting and event professionals look at the design experiments integrated into WEC as case studies on addressing trends and finding creative solutions to their own logistical challenges. As in many conferences, learning happens between sessions as well. No matter where participants look, Marcial hopes they find examples of things they can implement in to their upcoming programs. From keynotes to Flash Point sessions, certificate courses and deep-dive sessions, attendees have several formats and learning tracks to enrich their professional development. #WEC16 - A  message from Paul Van Deventer to Chapter Leaders This year for the first time European Chapters' President starting their term in July will attend WEC16 thanks to an MPI Foundation grant.  To learn more and register for WEC 2016, visit www.mpiweb.org/wec16. The MPI in Europe Team Interested in speaking at next MPI EMEC17 in Granada call for proposals close on May 11 click here for more information....
2 May 2016 The Big Question: What are the key meetings industry trends?
The IMEX Team recently identified six ideas and trends that we are likely to see more of this year: 1. Personalisation - described as one of the hottest topics in the marketing industry today, consumers live across multiple different devices and platforms and expect a highly personalised experience. Our experiences are only likely to become more personalised in future, not least with events. 2. Data and analytics - Essential to delivering all of that personalisation we now crave. Digital marketing expert Mark Goddard in Forbes magazine says that in 2016, personalisation "will rely heavily on data integration and customer segmentation." Prepare  to be segmented! 3. Being human - despite Skype and video conferencing, face to face contact still matters. In contrast to the data driven approach, marketing expert Alan Hart, founder of marketing consultancy avidimpact.com predicts that "Being Human will return to marketing" because consumers want to be inspired and have meaningful and personal connections with brands.   4. Sharing economy - PwC predicts that the sharing economy globally will grow from a value of $15bn in 2013 to $335bn in 2025. Within the travel sector, from Airbnb to Uber, from Bookalokal to Vizeat, the concept has made enormous inroads. The meetings industry too is discussing more intensively and proactively how it can and should adapt to this trend. 5. Community - the drive to contribute and give back, whether it is through volunteering or through schemes such as themeetingsindustryfund.org, is a growing trend. In 2013, one in four adults in the USA volunteered through an organisation. In the UK, in 2014-15, 8% of people participated in employer volunteering, a significant increase compared to 2012-13 (6%). 6. Asia - potentially the key growth area for new meetings destinations and venues. The importance of this region is endorsed by the latest American Express meetings and events industry report which says that "meetings spending is rising globally, led by Asia Pacific region with 2,1% growth expected". 2016 Spring edition of MPI quarterly survey Meetings Outlook will investigate more on these trends with our experts panel. The MPI in Europe Team      ...
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