Planners of international events are concerned about terrorism threats, airfare costs and local health concerns. These were among the top findings of M&C’s 15th annual Global Planner survey, which asked those who plan meetings outside the United States to share their experiences in areas such as site selection, budgeting and working with international suppliers. In this episode of Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals, Northstar Meetings Group’s destinations editor, Lisa A. Grimaldi, discusses key takeaways from this original research, as well as what she is learning about international travel from top meetings destinations.
Among the points covered in this episode:
- Despite the instability of a number of European countries, the continent continues to top the list of destinations for planners of international meetings.
- Canada is second on the list of preferences, helped by the friendly exchange rate.
- Costs are the most important issue when selecting a destination for an international meeting, according to planners.
- Among general concerns for planners of global conference and conventions, terrorism is the top worry.
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