Annual Survey & Review

An annual survey of IAPCO members’ activities is undertaken to identify the position of IAPCO members in the meetings marketplace. The results of the survey show a steady increase in business and the major impact and contribution that IAPCO members make to the meetings industry.

2015 Annual Survey – key facts

Continual Growth for IAPCO members and the meetings they organise

For the 8th year in a row, IAPCO has conducted its Annual Survey of members’ activities, giving rise to clear statistical information and a view of current trends.

The number of meetings is UP: During the period between 2010 and 2014, meetings organised by IAPCO members (including Association, Governmental and Corporate) fluctuated between 6-7000 per year; in 2015, this figure rose to a staggering 8591.

The number of participants managed has retained a steady increase over the period, from 2.24m in 2010 to last year’s 3.16m, resulting in an economic impact to local economies in the region of 5.12bn euros!

Whilst the number of employees has not yet returned to its peak of 5600 in 2011, it is returning rapidly, with a current figure of 5450 for last year.

Not all is UP, however. The number of room nights booked dropped from 3.81m in 2014, to 2.43m in 2015. This is inevitably due to the advent of booking facilities such as AirBnB, HomeAway and VRBO.

And the future trend? More IAPCO members are becoming Core PCOs – 71% – as a result of clients entrusting their events to recognised professionals and 46% of members now offer full Association Management Services, a natural extension of the growth in Core PCOs.

IAPCO Annual Review 2016