MIA survey reveals public sector business down

The sweeping cuts in public spending that have been
announced by the new Government, are already feeding through to meeting venues,
according to a new survey published by the Meetings Industry Association
(MIA).

The online survey, which polled 1,180 venues, shows that
58.4 per cent of those surveyed reported cancellations in public sector bookings
during the past two weeks. In addition, 47.7 per cent of those who have not yet
seen cancellations or reductions in bookings have been warned by government
clients to expect reduced levels of business. A further 35.7 per cent of venues
also report public sector clients renegotiating confirmed or agreed
rates.

MIA chairman, Peter Darnell says: “This is a
worrying, although not
wholly unexpected picture for our members and the wider industry, and we will be
doing everything possible to offer as much support over the coming months as we
can.

“We will also be looking at ways in which our AIM
accredited venues can be further promoted to both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors to minimise the overall impact
of any public sector decline. Now more than ever we need to be selling back the
benefits of face to face communication at every
opportunity.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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