International meeting planners have noted a significant increase in conference delegates expressing dietary and allergen requirements during event registration, according to IACC’s 2018 Meeting Room of the Future report.
As this trend is forecasted to grow in 2019, IACC, in collaboration with the World Obesity Foundation and other industry partners such as MPI, Events Industry Council and Thrive Meetings and Events, has created the Guide to Managing Conference Delegate Dietary Requirements - a new, comprehensive guide designed to help meeting and event planners manage partnerships and liaison with venues on the topic of dietary needs and requirements to ensure delegate health and wellbeing.
The guide also explains the various allergens and emerging diets, including religious requirements and health-related allergens, and provides advice and practical tips on how to place delegate health and wellbeing at the heart of events without compromising on experience.
Mark Cooper, IACC CEO, comments: “Last year, when I asked a room of 200 meeting planners if managing dietary needs was a challenge and 75% or more raised their hands, I knew immediately that we needed to do more as an association and industry. As we conducted more research, we saw clearly that there was some valuable insights and best practice that if adopted, would help both our planner and venue community. This is just the beginning and we hope that in the near future we will see more training and certifications to support the competent management of dietary needs.”