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Conferences and Conventions 3rd edition

A Global Industry, 3rd Edition

By Tony Rogers


424 pages | 39 Color Illus.

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Conferences and Conventions: A Global Industry 3rd edition provides a comprehensive introduction to the key elements of the global conference, convention and meetings industry. It examines the industry’s origins, structure, economic, social and environmental impacts, education, training and career opportunities, and the industry's future development. It also explores its links with the wider tourism industry, and suggests that there should be a realignment of these links, putting a greater focus on designing, executing and measuring meeting and convention contents so that they have a purposeful impact on participants, thus creating greater value for stakeholders. It suggests that there should be greater emphasis on the role that meetings play in economic, professional and educational development, promoting the benefits they provide in knowledge exchange, scientific research, technology transfer, networking and motivation and showing clearly what such business events actually accomplish.

This revised 3rd edition has been updated to reflect current trends and emerging topics and achieve a more international approach. This edition has also been updated with the following features:

  • New content on social media, web based marketing, the use of technology, experiential marketing and events, the role of trade shows in conventions, issues of sustainability, and moves to create a profession for event management.
  • Fully integrated and updated case studies to highlight current issues and demonstrate theory in practice. Also contains new case studies on the growth markets of Asia, Brazil and the Middle East.
  • A detailed meetings and events industry lexicon.

This book is written in an accessible and engaging style and structured logically with useful features throughout to aid students’ learning and understanding. This book is an invaluable resource to students following Events Management, Hospitality and Tourism courses.



‘The world of meetings is as besot by fresh social media implications as it is by sustainability issues, and a clear, respected guide is necessary. That guide is Tony Rogers – and he brings his integrity to every page. In all, this work is meaningful, timely and welcomed – and, "revised and expanded" in the truest sense of those words.’

Rick Antonson, President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver, Canada

In this new and updated edition Tony Rogers provides a wealth of insight into the workings of a truly global Conference and Conventions Industry. In particular the expansion of material on business tourism is a welcome addition and the chapter on ‘impacts’ brings to the fore, the need to evaluate and address how events of this kind contribute to social knowledge and to an area or region’s economy. Overall this is a user-friendly and educational read; it gives anyone accessing it not only the perfect background into the industry, but also some thought-provoking ideas on how to function within it and how to develop business in the future.’

Graham Berridge, University of West London, UK’

Table of Contents

1. A Global Industry 2. The Structure of the Conference Industry 3. Winning Conference Business: 1 4. Winning Conference Business: 2 5. Planning and Staging Successful Conferences: An Organiser’s Perspective 6. Conference Management: A Venue Perspective 7. The Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts of Conferences and Conventions 8. Developing the Industry’s Workforce: Creating a Profession 9. Leading Industry Organisations 10. The Future: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

About the Author


Tony Rogers

Solihull, West Midlands, England

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Tony Rogers is a consultant specialising in conferences, business tourism / business visits and events, and destination marketing and management as well as Visiting Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University’s UK Centre for Events Management.

About the Series

Events Management

The events industry, including festivals, meetings, conferences, exhibitions, incentives, sports and a range of other events, is rapidly developing and makes a significant contribution to business and leisure related tourism. With increased regulation and the growth of government and corporate involvement in events, the environment has become much more complex. Event managers are now required to identify and service a wide range of stakeholders and to balance their needs and objectives. Though mainly operating at national levels, there has been significant growth of academic provision to meet the needs of events and related industries and the organisations that comprise them. The English speaking nations, together with key Northern European countries, have developed programmes of study leading to the award of diploma, undergraduate and post-graduate awards. These courses focus on providing education and training for future event professionals, and cover areas such as event planning and management, marketing, finance, human resource management and operations. Modules in events management are also included in many tourism, leisure, recreation and hospitality qualifications in universities and colleges.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
TRAVEL / General