The 13th edition of the Eventex Awards couldn’t be further from fatal, seeing a record number of entries. And as we wrap up what proved a stellar year, we have moved to analyze the entries in the different Eventex Awards categories to see where the industry stood in 2022. While the return of in-person events was largely expected, our analysis revealed some other interesting trends as well and points to some exciting times ahead. So, read on for further insight.
Starting with the most obvious (and impressive) stat this year, the number of applicants for the Eventex Awards 2023 increased dramatically — we saw a total of 761 submissions, surpassing last year's record of 606 applications. This outstanding result conclusively shows that the much-celebrated industry resilience in the face of global challenges has turned into a definite recovery.
It is hardly surprising that one of the most notable trends we identified was the return of in-person events. The easing of Covid 19 restrictions around the world, the scaling back of testing, and the relaxing of travel bans made in-person events much easier to organize and attend.
For Eventex Awards 2023, this meant:
The return of in-person events came with what is an unavoidable drop in virtual events, a trend reflected in the 13th edition of Eventex Awards with the following stats:
These stats mark a huge difference from Eventex Awards 2022 which maintained a high interest in the Virtual conference, Virtual Event, Virtual Corporate Events, and Pivot to Virtual categories.
Apart from the trends noted above, our analysis of the Eventex Awards 2023 categories revealed some additional insights about the state of the industry.
Our overview also showed that industry professionals have upped their game creating more comprehensive experiences to engage audiences:
The above stats point to a shift in focus to events and experiences which build connections and bet on interactivity, transforming attendance into a journey.
We also noticed a spike in our Green Event category — a massive 200% rise compared to the previous edition. This underscores a growing sustainability awareness among both event planners and participants, mirroring a wider societal trend.
If the previous couple of years have taught us anything, it’s that things can go sideways in a snap. That said, barring another pandemic or a similar occurrence on a global scale, we can expect the following:
Whatever happens, we are looking forward to providing a place for the industry’s best and the brightest to shine. If you want to join them, Eventex Awards 2024 is now open for registration.