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Meeting Room of The Future – 2018 Report

The report, recently released by the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) combines research and insights into the top issues facing the global meetings and conference industry

The 2018 IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ report brings together insights from over 50 venues across four continents, as well as suppliers including global meeting space designers, architects, technology companies, furniture manufacturers and nutrition experts. 

The report was conducted to gain insights from global venue operators, industry experts and suppliers, with the goal of understanding how they are responding to the changing expectations and needs of meeting planners, as identified in the survey. 

Anticipating future needs.“As the industry evolves and expands, just as meeting planners must continually evaluate all elements of the meeting experience, operators and suppliers must also ensure they are meeting and anticipating the changing needs of planners,” said IACC’s CEO, Mark Cooper. 

“The survey was designed to highlight these growing needs; we looked specifically at experience creation, meeting room space and design, technology and internet capabilities as well as culinary trends.”

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2018 Report Findings.

This year’s report highlights several key findings:  

  • High quality internet will be the most important meeting element in the coming years. 
  • Experience creation is expected to become more important. 
  • Flexible meeting spaces are growing in popularity. 
  • Easy screen-sharing between devices is becoming more important for collaboration in meetings.  
  • Continuous refreshment service (instead of time-limited breaks) are becoming more common. 

Opportunity to participate in the Australia Pacific Report.

IACC Australia Pacific is shortly to circulate the local version of this global report with significance for venue operators and meeting planners alike. And you can be part of it. 

Help us to help you.

The survey will just take eight minutes. Your help will be invaluable in providing information on the challenges faced by buyers and delegates and how the future of meetings may evolve in this important region. 

To thank you, we will give the first 150 respondents a $5 Starbucks or Amazon gift card, as a small token of our appreciation. We will also be pleased to send you a copy of the report with our findings in September.

IACC Survey 2018

CountryPlace was the first Australian venue to meet the criteria for membership of the International Association of Conference Centres. Jeffry Farman, CountryPlace director, was the first Australian to become president of IACC serving on the global board for 6 years.