Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings OutlookTM, 2017 Fall Edition.

The latest installment of the quarterly report notes regular headline reminders of event safety and security combined with a forecast for a continued healthy market, making now the perfect time for meeting and event professionals to shore up contingency plans.

Key findings include the following:

  • 43% of industry professional report an increase in contentious or conflict-oriented conversations or personal challenges during meetings.
  • Of safety and security-related contingencies, respondents are most prepared for weather/natural disasters and active shooters, while least prepared for vehicular violence and crowd stampedes.
  • 57% of respondents predict favorable business conditions, with a 2% growth expected over the next year.
  • Attendance at live and virtual events is expected to grow by 0.9% and 2.6%, respectively—a slight decline in growth for live events and a slight increase in growth for virtual events.

To view the full report, visit The report is also included in the print and digital versions of MPI’s The Meeting Professional® magazine, November 2017 issue.