DALLAS, April 26, 2021 — Freeman, the global leader in events, shares a new research study indicating the timeline for the return to in-person events has moved up, with 85 percent of attendees and 86 percent of exhibitors expecting to return to in-person events by the winter of 2021. When surveyed in February, only 74 percent of attendees and 78 percent of exhibitors expected to return by the end of year.
The report validates attendee and exhibitor sentiment that face-to-face experiences are the most valuable channels for commerce and creating meaningful connections. This is in line with expectations around travel bans easing as seventy four percent of attendees and seventy eight percent of exhibitors anticipate company travel bans will be lifted by fall of 2021. Online events have been successful in delivering content and deep learning, and attendees will continue to seek out online components as a part of the overall mix.
“We have already been a part of safe in-person events across the country this year in Atlanta, Dallas, Lake Tahoe, Tampa, and Orlando, to name a few. The research shows that the interest to return to in-person is increasing, and on an accelerated timeline,” said Bob Priest-Heck, CEO.
Other findings of the research include:
For more information and to purchase the research study, visit research.freeman.com.
About the Research
Conducted by Freeman’s Data Intelligence team — with more than 50 years of industry research experience — the research is based on data from more than 1 million U.S. event attendees, exhibitors, organizers and brand marketers and includes 20 percent international attendees making it the most comprehensive offering of its kind in the industry. With a +/-1 percent margin of error, the full report is also segmented into detailed findings for the technology, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and business services industries with insights on other industry sectors also available.
Freeman is a global leader in events. Whether virtual, in-person, or hybrid, we are on a mission to redefine live for a new era. With a data-driven approach and the industry’s largest network of experts, our insights shape exhibitions, exhibits, and events that drive audiences to action. Our integrated full-service solutions leverage a 100-year legacy in event management as well as new technologies to deliver moments that matter.