The 2012 European Meetings and Events Conference concluded
in Budapest, Hungary
this week with a handover to 2013 host city, Montreux, Switzerland.
The annual event organised by Meeting Professionals
International (MPI) welcomed 343 delegates for three days of education and
networking. The attendance was slightly down on last year, when 400 delegates
attended in Düsseldorf, Germany.
President and CEO of MPI, Bruce MacMillan said this was
because of a decline in attendance from North American members who could not
justify the extra time out of the office.
“We also expected a small drop because Germany is a
bigger market, but we’re pleased with the attendance,” he added. “Rotating the
conference around Europe allows different markets
to access it. A lot of people thought going to Budapest was a very bold move but a lot of
people who wouldn’t normally get to come ended up coming.”