Tondeur forecasts major convention centre consolidation

MCI president and founder Roger Tondeur predicts there will be a major consolidation in the conventions centre sector over the next few years.

Roger Tondeur, president, MCI
Roger Tondeur, president, MCI

Speaking at a seminar at EIBTM in Barcelona this morning, Tondeur said he believes that big companies will own a large number of convention centres around the world, similar to major hotel chains like Hilton.

"I believe there will be huge consolidation among convention centres because I think it is the only way they are going to have the resources to invest in the necessary development and technology," said Tondeur.

His comments were made in a seminar entitled ´Beyond the recession: Are we ready for next-generation meetings and conventions?´, which included a discussion about investing in new technologies.

Tondeur admitted that technology is one of the biggest challenges facing the meetings and events industry but said he believed it is a ´friend´to the industry rather than a threat.

"Technology is going to save us both time and money in the way we do things, and we are going to have to embrace it. Online registration and other tools have taken off but we haven´t yet started to scratch the surface of what our sector can do with technology, but it is going to cost a lot of money to develop," he said.

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