IAPCO reveals increase in meeting levels

The number of association meetings taking place is continuing to increase year on year, according to a survey by the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO)

The survey of 110 IAPCO members showed that they organised more than 6,100 meetings in 2010, representing some 2.24 million delegates and generating an economic impact of around £3.29bn.

Of those meetings, 2,153 were for the association market, up from 2,101 in 2009. However, the average number of participants at meetings organised by IAPCO members was shown to have dipped slightly to 368, down by 118 since the survey was first conducted in 2006.

Philippe Fournier, IAPCO president, said: "We anticipated a good year for the association market and the figures show a rise in international business."

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