Industry Research

The Insights You Need to Make a Greater Impact

FICP's vision is to amplify the positive impact and value of financial services and insurance industry meetings and events professionals. One way we do that is by conducting and participating in industry research that arms you with data to show the value of the work you do to your organization as well as the entire industry.

New Releases:


Incentive Travel Index

Just Released: Key Findings From the 2022 Edition of ITI

Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP), Incentive Research Foundation (IRF) and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), along with research partner Oxford Economics, are proud to partner on the 2022 edition of their joint survey of the global incentive travel market: the Incentive Travel Index (ITI). Formerly the Incentive Travel Industry Index, the ITI study is the business events industry’s most authoritative study of the global incentive travel market and its impact on corporations, agencies and the supply chain in destinations.

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This important research project would not have been possible without the support of the following sponsors:

Champion Level


Destination Canada

Prime Level

Hilton Worldwide

United Airlines | Prime Sponsor | 2022 Incentive Travel Index

Principal Level

IMEX Group



Past Incentive Travel Index Reports

Incentive Travel Industry Index 2020 Incentive Travel Industry Index 2019
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Pulse Survey Report

Featuring data on trends impacting both meetings professionals and hospitality partners within the FICP community, FICP’s Pulse Survey is intended to provide timely and relevant information to those across the meetings and events industry. Meetings professionals and hospitality partners are invited to take the quarterly survey to share their experiences on trends and conditions impacting their work.

The 2022 Pulse Survey Results Are Now Available

The results from the 2022 Pulse Survey — covering three key topics 1) diversity, equity and inclusion, 2) sustainability and 3) future trends and technologies.

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2022 Pulse Survey Key Takeaways

Past Pulse Survey Reports

Winter 2021

published February 2022

Generously sponsored by Destination Canada

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Fall 2020 

published December 2020

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Spring 2020 (COVID-19 Special Focus)

published May 2020

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Fall 2019

published December 2019

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Spring 2019

published September 2019

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Q4 2018

published March 2019

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Q2 2018

published July 2018

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Q1 2018

published February 2018

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Q3 2017

published October 2017

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Q2 2017

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Events Industry Council Research

FICP is a proud member of the Events Industry Council (EIC) and serves on the Research Committee that produces these studies.

2018 Global Economic Significance of Business Events

In November 2018, EIC released the final results of the first-ever worldwide study on the economic significance of face-to-face business events. Read FICP's blog post for a high-level overview of the findings.

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Events Industry Council Report Results

Events Industry Council Report Results





2018 Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy

The 2018 Economic Significance Study showed that events supported a total economic impact of:

  • $845 billion of output (business sales)
  • 5.9 million jobs with $249 billion of labor income
  • $446 billion of GDP (representing contribution to U.S. gross domestic product)
  • $104 billion of federal, state and local taxes

The meetings sector supported more direct jobs than many large manufacturing sectors, including machinery, food, auto and chemicals. It sustained more jobs than the telecommunications and oil and gas extraction industries as well.

Meetings also generated $325 billion of direct spending, including:

$167 billion to plan and produce meetings;
$120 billion for meetings travel; and,
$38 billion of other direct spending, such as spending by exhibitors.

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