August 4, 2010

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A recent survey reports that meeting planners expect to conduct 15% more meetings business in 2010 than in 2009, and that number rises to 24% when looking at plans for 2011.

The survey, conducted by Y Partnership for the Professional Convention Management Association, the PCMA Education Foundation, and American Express found that planners are expecting higher attendance at more meetings in 2010, and are canceling fewer events than in 2009. The survey questioned more than 500 meeting planners in the United States.

Additional signs of recovery show that meetings budgets have increased since 2009, and planners expected to book 25% more business at hotels (as opposed to high-cost venues like cruise ships).

More results from the survey can be found here, but will meeting planners find your property when using wisconsinlodging.org to plan their meeting? Make sure your property appears in our searchable online Meetings & Events database – download the sign up form here and return it to Michelle in the WH&LA office via e-mail or fax at 262/782-0550

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