Meeting Professionals International (MPI), published its 2022 Winter Meetings Outlook, a quarterly report that identifies new trends and innovations. 

Among its findings: 

  • The “great resignation” continues to impact the meeting and event industry, with 60% of respondents indicating difficulty finding suitable staff—that’s more than double the percentage of respondents who said the same last summer.
  • 82% of respondents project favorable business conditions over the next year, back up to the level seen in the spring 2021 survey.
  • More than 50% of respondents currently or soon plan on requiring proof of vaccination for staff, contractors and in-person event participants.
  • The percentage of respondents anticipating favorable live attendance over the next 12 months is at 75%, almost matching the all-time high seen in the summer 2021 survey.

Meetings Outlook is developed in partnership with IMEX Group. The full report can be found here: https://www.mpi.org/docs/default-source/meetings-outlook/meetings-outlook-winter-2022.pdf

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide with 13,000 engaged members and nearly 70 chapters and clubs in more than 75 countries. 

 

 

 

Beginning in August, Viking River Cruises will debut voyages on the upper and lower Mississippi River between St. Paul and News Orleans, with a stop in Red Wing on day two. The new Viking Mississippi holds up to 386 guests in 193 staterooms and docks and departs from Lower Landing in St. Paul. 

 

D’Amico Catering has returned to Walker Art Center as the exclusive culinary and planning service for all private events taking place at the museum. The Minneapolis-based catering company managed the Walker Art Center’s special events and food service from 2011-2016. 

 

In early March, Meeting Professionals International released a statement regarding the invasion of Ukraine: 

“In a show of support for the people of Ukraine, MPI will immediately suspend business with all companies in Russia. In addition, any plans to formalize a chapter in Russia will be paused….We remain concerned for the well-being of our community and our MPI members in Russia and Ukraine who were already seeking to climb out of the shadow of this pandemic and are now experiencing these unprecedented challenges.”