Meetings Mean Business Survey: Preliminary Data

January 11, 2018

According to the Events Industry Council’s Meetings Significance Survey, the U.S. meetings economy continues to grow across all segments and major reporting metrics. In 2016, there were:

  • 1.9-million meetings nationwide, including more than 250 million participants and representing 10 percent growth relative to 2012.
  • $330 billion in direct spending (or business sales), up from $280 billion in 2012.
  • More than six million international participants, generating spending in the U.S. of $18.3 billion.

Direct spending supported by meetings was greater than the sales of businesses in the air, rail and water transportation sectors – combined. It was also greater than the output of businesses in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector. The survey results include data from Oxford Economics, Longwoods International, the National Travel and Tourism Office and STR. Responses represent:

  • 1,300 planners, venues and exhibitors.
  • 9,000 domestic business travelers.
  • 50,000 international travelers; and 11,000 hotels.

Meetings Mean Business Coalition; Survey Preliminary Data

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