The fall 2016 Meetings Outlook report from Meeting Professionals International shows an industry increasingly budgeting for more security and adding risk-management details to their events. "The No. 1 thing they are budgeting for in 2017 is safety and security," said Bill Voegeli, president of Association Insights, which conducts the survey for the organization. The quarterly report also found that 15 percent of meeting professionals have increased threat awareness and response preparedness, and 14 percent said security has influenced destination selection. One-third of respondents (34 percent) expect budgets to increase to cover security.
Still, the forecast projects moderate growth in overall business conditions for the near future, a finding that has been consistently positive this year. For the full report, go here.