Have you read our winter issue yet? In it I wrote an article about top meeting trends. That article was inspired by a session I attended at MPI WEC last year in Atlantic City. It’s funny how things end up coming full circle, because I’ve been asked to serve on a panel in a few weeks about trends in the meetings and events industry. I can’t take credit for knowing all trends as I only ask about them for a living—not come up with them—but I’m wondering what kinds of trends you’re seeing in the industry. Did you agree with IACC’s Mark Cooper or are you seeing different trends? Even more interesting, what trends are you seeing disappear that you’re sorry to see go and which ones are you happy to never see again? I’d love to hear from you. Email me with all of your comments—good and bad.
Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.