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The rise of the child-friendly conference

European Association of Event Centres says conferences must start offering child-minding facilities

Pictured: Joachim Koenig

More event organisers should incorporate child-minding services into their conferences, according to the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC). 

Research has revealed that just 16 per cent of organisers factor it into business events, and Joachim Koenig, EVVC president, told delegates at IMEX that the figures among the German meetings industry were "not terribly impressive". 

The number was even less among suppliers, with just 11 per cent saying they had processes in place for delegates bringing children to conferences.

The results were released as part of a wider snapshot into the German meetings industry, in a document called Meeting & EventBarometer 2016, which found 393 million people attended events in the country in 2015, an increase of 2.6 per cent.

Koenig added: "What this shows us is the importance for child care is obviously not that high. I would have expected that level to be higher.

"Obviously this challenge has not yet played out within many companies.

"It's a gap which I suppose will have to be filled in the next five or 10 years because the number of people who want to do both (have a career and a family) will obviously increase."

He said an open offering of child-minding facilities could be one way of addressing the issue, and would create more awareness. He added: "It may be it could create an increase in the number of participants, because offering it brings it to the minds of the participants."

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