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Association Events Survey 2023 returns to highlight post-Covid trends

Associations Forum is the leading organisation assisting associations and charities in governance, membership, operations, and finances.

183 associations and charities participated in the Association Events Survey 2023, which examines a number of areas of association event delivery including event types, attendance, factors influencing the decision-making process and where events are being run.

This event survey is of particular interest to Associations Forum as Associations work to reintroduce events post Covid.

As a major provider of practical association events training and advice, Associations Forum makes the following observations on the 2023 Association Events Survey results:

  1. 50% of respondents report a return to pre-Covid levels with regard to event attendance, however, the significant growth seen in events in 2019 has eased

  2. Covid has created a change in attendee patterns with many delegates booking much later for events than they did pre-Covid

  3. Conference organisers are also booking venues much later than previously with the majority now only looking one to two years ahead
  4. Cost and financial support have become key drivers in venue selection with delegate focused amenities taking a back seat in 2023
  5. 59% of respondents are unaware of the services provided by Convention Bureaux, but those who are aware use multiple services.

For a copy of the Association Events Survey, or to find out how Associations Forum can assist your association with events, please contact

Media Release Tuesday 17 October 2023, for immediate release.

For enquiries, please contact Julius Feldmann, Marketing & Communications Officer, Associations Forum at or call 02 9904 8200.


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