IAPCO survey shows association meetings up 44%

The number of international association meetings has risen 44.4% since 2010, according to the latest survey of the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO).

Association meetings are up 44%
Association meetings are up 44%

IAPCO members surveyed said they organised 3,111 association meetings in 2014, almost 1,000 more than in 2010, when the figure stood at 2,153.

The survey showed governmental meetings also rose consistently among members, from 498 to 656 in the same period, but not quite reaching the 2011 peak of 707.

The number of corporate events meanwhile showed signs of slowly returning to the peak of 3,454 in 2010, with 3,308 held in 2014.

In total, IAPCO members organised 7,075 meetings worldwide in 2014 totalling over 2.86 million delegates and more than 0.63 million square metres of exhibits, representing an economic impact of more than £3.29bn (€4.63bn).

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