More meeting planners are signing contracts for events, as compared to a month ago, according to a June 15 survey by Northstar Meeting Group. Just 33% were doing so in May, but a month later, that number has increased to 41% who are rescheduling events to take place before year-end. And 70% of the 484 planners surveyed are scheduling new events for 2021.
In addition, more than half of respondents say they fear business-travel restrictions will prevent people from attending meetings and events, followed closely by concerns about reduced meeting and event budgets, food-and-beverage safety and F&B prices.
More planners say they are onboard with safety-minded changes. Among the measures they’ll put in place to reduce the spread of disease, results show an uptick in every category — with the largest gains in designing spaces to allow physical distancing (88%) and plans to implement temperature checks or other health-screening measures (58%).