Going Up: MPI Meetings Outlook Shows Inflation in Event Essentials

Meetings Outlook

Budgets for events and meetings will be stressed by rising costs this year, according to the Winter Meetings Outlook from MPI (Meeting Professionals International). Here are the price hikes they expect during the next 12 months:

  • Food & Beverage/Catering: 4.6 percent
  • Audiovisual: 3.6 percent
  • Air travel: 4.2 percent
  • Room rates: 4.5 percent
  • Meeting space: 3.3 percent

In the 2016 Winter Meetings Outlook from Meeting Professionals International, respondents predicted a little spending increase but a bigger pricing increase. MPI put those predictions together and what came out was a 2.5 percent decrease in planners’ buying power.

Despite what will continue to be a tough negotiating environment, respondents feel pretty optimistic overall, with nearly 7 in 10 predicting “favorable business conditions” in 2016 and only 8 percent seeing “negative business conditions” ahead.–MeetingsNet

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