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What Will a Meeting Room Look Like in the Future?

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Bizly

Apr 20, 2016

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Imagine a team meeting or conference in five years: What will the room look like? The way we work has changed dramatically (hello virtual workforces and collaborative leadership styles), so it’s no surprise that meetings have too. Meeting planners and their constituents want more from meeting rooms. This is borne out in survey results released from the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC) in its “Meeting Room of the Future” report.

A theme running throughout was increased emphasis on design to support collaboration and technology. Respondents foresee a greater emphasis on delegate productivity, relationship and community building. To this end, meeting planners require more experiential and flexible spaces, with the technology to match changing attendee expectations.

Key findings of the survey:

  • 75% of respondents said they currently are called upon for more “experience creation” than two to five years ago. Tech devices tug at meeting attendees’ attention, so creating an experience captures their focus.

  • 77% said access to interactive technologies such as audience participation tools, collaborative communications platforms and others, are more important than previously.

  • 47% report the importance of flexible meeting space as compared to the past.

No surprise that high quality broadband was considered the top physical aspect needed at a meeting venue in the future, followed by good acoustics and lighting. Perhaps more surprising was the importance placed on refreshment breaks and meals and how they impact attendees and facilitate networking and building of relationships.

The survey respondents included more than 150 meeting planners from 5 continents and was done in conjunction with Meeting Planners International. IACC is a global organization that promotes awareness of the meeting venues industry. The full report can be found here.

By Nancy BrankaBizly is a platform for instantly booking private meeting rooms at leading hotels. Browse and book online here. Download the app here. (Android coming soon.) At Bizly we’re all about amazing meetings that move business forward.

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Apr 20, 2016

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