CWT Survey: 2012 Meetings Will Be “Conservative and Innovative”

Though these two words don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, they were the ones chosen by Carlson Wagonlit Travel to describe meetings in 2012 in its just-released 2012 Travel Management Priorities report.

“Conservative” describes 290 international travel managers' expectations for the growth in group size (1 to 4 percent) and spending per attendee (5 percent) in 2012. The length of meetings in 2012 will remain stable, at just under three days. The proportion of meetings being held in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will decline from 40 percent in the last half of 2011 to 30 percent in the first half of 2012, and remains below 2008 levels.


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