25 January 2008 | Paul Snell
Meeting and events planners expect procurement to become more involved in 2008 but are not happy about it, according to a report.
Futurewatch 2008, a survey published this week by industry body Meetings Professionals International, revealed buyers' involvement in meetings, incentives, conventions and events (MICE) spend is likely to increase. This feeling was strongest in Europe, with just over two-thirds of planners predicting a bigger role for procurement.
But 42 per cent of planners said the involvement of the purchasing function had "created significant frustration or difficulty" with the contracting process, timing or decision-making.
However, only a quarter of respondents said procurement's involvement had led to cost savings. And more than 15 per cent said there had actually been a reduction is service quality. A further 21 per cent expected procurement to become a "bigger obstacle" over the next year.
But there was hope among 25 per cent of professionals that procurement would become better educated about their category in 2008.