INCON unveils findings of its Fourth Annual Survey of the Global Association Conference Market

INCON unveils findings of its Fourth Annual Survey of the Global Association Conference Market
INCON today unveiled findings of its fourth annual survey of the global association conference market at the IMEX trade expo in Frankfurt.

While the overall business outlook is flat at best, there is a definite drop in positive sentiment when compared with the 2010 and 2011 survey findings. Budgeting is identified as the number one trend impacting the association sector as conference budgets continue to be scrutinised and planners seek best value in negotiating the highest level of event income. Encouragingly, suppliers are reacting effectively to market pressures on pricing to help INCON partners confirm business.

‘’It is interesting to see that trends identified in our surveys of previous years are being realised’’ commented Inge Hanser, INCON Co Chair. ‘’The strong desire to move up the supply chain, central to the 2010 survey, is taking shape with a robust focus on Consulting/Strategic Meeting Management Services both as an ongoing trend and also as the most popular description of the present value proposition of our partner companies’’ added Fellow Co Chair, Roslyn McLeod.

This research initiative contains the statistical analysis of 27 completed responses received in March 2012 from survey recipients who included managing directors of 10 INCON Partner companies. A complete survey report providing a detailed statistical breakdown of the findings is available on or by contacting

Angela Guillemet
Executive Director, INCON Group
Tel: +353 1 663 7947

INCON is a dynamic partnership of leading companies providing consistency and continuity in conference, event and destination management by combining global presence and local expertise. Operating from 160 destinations, the 10 INCON Partner companies employ 3,000 staff, annually organise 10,000 projects, serving 3 million delegates, procuring 5 million bed nights and managing budgets in excess of an estimated €1billion.

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