I have not quite
decided what 2016 will signify most to me - Brexit, Trump's election win, Alan
Rickman's death or the surprise split of Brangelina.
Add to that
continued terror attacks, the potential (albeit temporary) loss of the QEII
Centre and the departure of Mr Holland, and it's not hard to understand why
most eventprofs will be happily bidding goodbye to the year that was.
So, what will 2017
hold in store for us?
sizes, tighter budgets and less overseas travel have been widely predicted, as
we wait to see how Brexit negotiations play out, whether the pound will regain
in value and if Donald Trump will sing at his own inauguration.
Virtual reality will
continue to increase in popularity (though only as a secondary measure to
face-to-face meetings), the predictable slew of new event apps will be launched
and Kanye West may announce his presidency for 2020.
But in all
seriousness, if 2016 has taught me anything, it's that events professionals are
a resilient and positive lot.
As the storm clouds
gathered and all hell appeared to break loose, our industry has kept calm and
carried on, keen to prove that the UK and London remained open for business.
Many warn that next
year will see the real start of the consequences from Brexit, as Article 50 is
triggered and negotiations begin - and who knows what Donald Trump will be tweeting next.
But as we enter more
periods of uncertainty, it is important we keep a positive outlook and adopt a
'business as usual' mantra - and let's hope 2017 is a positive one for all.