Thursday, 30 March 2023 | On the occasion of the Global Meetings Industry Day*, we are pleased to share the 2022 statistics of our Annual Member Survey, based on annual return data provided by IAPCO members.

Our Annual Member Survey compiles data from the IAPCO membership to gain valuable insight into our community over the previous year and get an outlook for the coming years. This data enables IAPCO to understand its members’ impact on our industry through their performance and focus on future activities.


As 2022 was the first full year of event delivery post-pandemic in many countries, IAPCO members have reported an extremely productive year for them. Our annual reporting figures, based on data collected from all IAPCO members around the globe show an increase in economic impact from pre-pandemic results of €12.8 billion in 2019 to €13.47 billion in 2022.

Similarly, industry sponsorship and exhibition support for business and scientific events increase from €300 million in 2021 to €442 million in 2022.

Although talent numbers are still below ideal levels for the global demand, IAPCO members employed an additional 1,839 new hires through 2022.

These results are just a snapshot of the performance we have experienced through 2022. When assessed, together with all other indicators, the impact that IAPCO members continue to bring to both our industry and cities within which their events are delivered is extremely positive and attractive and proof of the value of business events around the globe.

Annual Member Survey 2022 results - Impact

Looking into the future, the outlook is promising, with 7,722 events confirmed for 2023 alone. Long term planning indicates 7,729 events in the pipeline for the 3 years following 2023.

Of the events scheduled to take place in the future, 1,943 are without a chosen destination and 3,542 are still looking for a venue.

The future planning data gives an indication of the confidence of the industry and highlights of the opportunity available for venues and destinations to work with the IAPCO community.

Annual Member Survey 2022 results - Future

*Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is an international day of advocacy showcasing the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities.

The #GMID2023 theme is #MeetingsMatter. Following years of cancelled in-person meetings, the industry will come together on March 30, 2023 to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day and showcase why #MeetingsMatter to attendees, organizations, communities, businesses and our economy.