Delegates want more 'exploration' time at conferences, study shows

More free time for educational activities and cultural excursions would improve conferences, according to 58% of delegates surveyed by ConferenceLeeds.

Delegates want more time for social and cultural activities
Delegates want more time for social and cultural activities

The nationwide study, which asked 500 conference attendees about their experiences, showed that most delegate thought programmes would benefit from a schedule that incorporates time to exploring the destination, particularly if an event hadn't been held there before.

Educational activities, such as cultural and sightseeing tours, were cited as the important activities that were often missing from programmes.

Meanwhile, 21% of delegates said time for social and personal activities, such as shopping and dining, was also lacking.

The report went on to state that it was essential for delegates to get the most out of a conference so that they leave feeling inspired. It concluded that these 'extra touches' provided by organisers could have a major impact on the overall success of an event.

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