COVID 19: Latest Industry Findings

As the principal association for the meetings and events industry we have been engaging with our members to find out more about how COVID-19 may be having an impact upon organisations.


Reopening Survey DCMS

Reopening Survey - June 2021

The Meetings Industry Association continues its surveillance of the industry to provide direct insight to government on the impact of COVID-19 on the sector.

Surveying its member venues, including those with small private meeting spaces and other venues such as visitor attractions, entertainment centers and consortiums, the latest findings reveal the ongoing and foreseeable impact COVID-19 restrictions continue to have upon demand and subsequent barriers to financial gains.

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UK Agent and Planner Research - March 2021

Compiled in collaboration with the AIEA, Edge Venues, Headbox, ABPCO and Venue Directory and many others, this research revealed how it could take another two years for the sector to completely bounce back from the impact of COVID-19.

The findings of our latest study give a clear indication of confidence levels for business meetings and events going forward. 

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UK Agent & Planner Research


 UK Events Survey January 2021

UK Events Survey - January 2021

Business meetings and events organisations will only be viable for another 7.5 months, according to our latest industry research.  

The study of almost 250 venues, hotels and suppliers, which has been presented to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG), revealed how 90% believe they cannot survive beyond the next two years without any additional government support, after enduring average revenue losses of over £2,560,000 to date.

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UK Venue Survey - August 2020

The business meeting and events sector has been completely knocked off of its feet and decimated by the impacts of COVID-19. Huge financial losses, which are largely uncovered by insurance, have been endured by the industry, and while events now being permitted for up to 30 people in COVID-Secure venues, we are yet to see the green shoots of recovery.

As the furlough scheme comes to an end before many venues are able to reopen in October, and most estimate that it could take at least 12-18 months, if not longer, for the sector to recover to pre-COVID levels, findings illustrate that government intervention is urgently required.

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UK Venue Survey

 Social Distancing Survey - 9 June

Social Distancing Survey - June 2020

As part of our continued liaison with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), a second social distancing survey was developed and findings supplied to government on 9 June 2020 to contribute to their intelligence.

With the reduction in distancing measures expected to provide productivity gains, 35% of respondents also stressed that they would only break-even if social distancing restrictions were lifted in their entirety. By comparison, 38% would break-even if restrictions were reduced to 1m, while 23% do not forecast to break-even in any scenario where restrictions are altered.

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Social Distancing Survey - May 2020

Following an urgent request on 28 April 2020 to provide information to DCMS, a survey was prepared to ask our members to consider the effects of social distancing on their businesses.

From the research, the majority (82%) of venues confirmed they can operate with social distancing measures in place. In reality, nearly half (46%) of respondents identified that their venue’s capacity would have to be more than halved, with 27% highlighting a reduction of between 41-50% would be required. As a result of these reduced capacities, 59% of venues would not break even and over 80% expect to lose more than half of their turnover per month, so the sector will require continued government support

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Social Distancing Survey - 1 May