Meeting Planners Signal Events Recovery in Q1-2 2021

June 24, 2020

Meeting and event planners polled by Meetings Today as part of its new monthly MeetingsTALK survey found that 35% indicated they will be ready to resume face-to-face meetings of 100 attendees or more in the first and second quarters of 2021.

The MeetingsTALK survey asked for opinions on three questions during the COVID-19 pandemic and was conducted in early June 2020.

Groups of 100 or more

When asked to fill in a response to “I’ll personally be ready to meet in groups of 100 or more in (select one),” the following answers were given (455 responses):

  • 35% selected Q1-2 2021.
  • 18% selected August-September 2020.
  • 5% selected June-July 2020.
  • 15% selected October-November 2020.
  • 5% selected December 2020.
  • 10% selected Q2-3 2021.
  • 1% selected Q4 of 2021.
  • 11% indicated they would only be ready to meet until after there is a COVID-19 vaccine.

Survey issues with hotels

[Download the full results pdf here.]

When asked to fill in a response to “What are the meetings issues with hotels that matter most moving forward?” the following answers were given (524 responses):

  • 64% selected cleanliness/sterilization.
  • 15% selected seating for physical distancing.
  • 8% selected contract terms/attrition.
  • 4% selected ventilation.
  • 3% selected F&B safety.
  • 2% selected both staffing/staff safety and mask/hand sanitizing standard throughout.
  • 1% selected both service levels and extended guest room turnover time.

COVID-19 Vaccine

When asked to fill in a response to “If you held a meeting before there’s a COVID-19 vaccine, you’d prefer (select one),” the following answers were given (455 responses):

  • 72% selected six feet between people.
  • 20% selected three feet between people.
  • 8% selected “side-by-side is okay with me.

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Tyler Davidson has covered the travel trade for nearly 30 years. In his current role with Meetings Today, Tyler leads the editorial team on its mission to provide the best meetings content in the industry.