Cancelled events prompt concern

One in four European event planners cancelled or postponed events in the past 12 months, according to statistics published in this year’s EIBTM Trends and Market Share Report. The survey conducted by EIBTM industry analyst Rob Davidson questioned more than 100 conference and incentive planners and found that 24.8% stated cancellations had occurred over the past year, while 33.6% said they had postponed events. The principal cause was internal client issues such as poor business performance or delays in product development. This was closely followed by security concerns, focusing mainly on terrorist threats and the instability of the airline industry in the immediate aftermath. The military coup in Thailand and bombings in Turkey also led to events being shelved. Commenting on the results Davidson said: “2006 brought with it a number of challenges for those organising conferences and incentives. This is the first time that we’ve asked planners about cancellations, but the fact that one in four cancelled events this year certainly paints an alarming picture. ”

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