MPI survey reveals top destinations

Spain stole top spot away from France to become the most popular event location last year, according to an MPI UK survey. Respondents, drawn from UK corporate meeting planners and agencies, dropped France into third place, behind Spain and Germany. Some 24% of the 81 respondents held events in Spain last year, 18% in Germany, with France in third place on 17%. France topped the rankings in 2005 with 23%, pipping Spain on 22% and Germany’s 16%. Looking ahead to this year, Germany, France and Spain remain clear leaders with MPI members, with 18% of respondents intending to hold events in the three countries this year. The Netherlands also looks set to be popular this year with 9% of the survey group intending to hold an event there, up from 7% in 2006. The survey also points to an industry in good health, with respondents hosting an average of 25 events overseas in 2006, up 13 per cent on 2005. Some 65 per cent of respondents believe the industry will continue to grow this year while around a third think it will remain static. "There's a healthy increase in outbound business in 2006 versus 2005," said MPI UK president Peter Haigh. "MPI members are very active in booking international meetings. There's a wide choice of countries and an enormous range in size of meetings booked."

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