Last week, I posted about how thrilled hoteliers must be about the return of the seller’s market. And today, the good news is that planners also are on the comeback trail (click on image to enlarge so you can read the darn thing).
According to the recently released Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell 2004 Portrait Of North American Meeting Planners (log on to the "Publications" section of the main Web site to view the full report), the 900 planners surveyed this summer (half corporate, half association) said:
But alas, all is not rosy in meetings-land. Going back to last week’s seller’s market post:
Changes in buying patterns include:
* 21% are planning to reduce the length of their meetings (in days) in order to save money;
* 20% of corporate meeting planners said they would be replacing a larger meeting with several smaller meetings.
* 18% are planning to spend less of their meeting budgets on food and beverage;
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