The International Congress and Convention Association released a report yesterday that looks at convention trends not in terms of year-over-year, but in terms of generations. “A Modern History of International Association Meetings: 1963-2012” is part of ICCA’s 50th anniversary year, and reveals some very promising patterns: Looking at aggregated figures for each five-year period (to remove annual fluctuations), the number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings is increasing by 100 per cent every 10 years, and has been consistently doing so for the last half century, with no signs of a slowdown
The full story can be found here
The implications of the report and the number of regularly-occurring, internationally-rotating association meetings will discussed at The SIG meeting of the 6th Annual Professional Conference Organisers Meeting in Melbourne this November: visit the conference website here
The 2013 conference will look at some of the “big picture” issues that are likely to impact the MICE sector in the next five years.
From Dr Frank Gelber, Chief Economist at Biz Shrapnel to Prof David Weaver and the “Lifecycle of Destinations”, we will examine Aviation, Venues, Global Meeting Trends and the continuing impacts of Technology. We will also address new age marketing and the development of online business communities.
The bread and butter issues have not been forgotten and will include a lengthy session on PCO business models.
The provisional program has been published on the conference web, it has been designed to be inclusive and encourage discussion.