A whitepaper investigating the current and potential impact of AI within the events industry across Europe has been released by The Hague & Partners Convention Bureau. The key findings of the whitepaper were: 63% of associations and not-for-profits are already utilising AI in event organisation. A significant knowledge gap exists, with 72% not engaging in AI education. 85% have no budget for AI training.
The whitepaper not only presents a statistical overview of AI in the association events sector, but also offers in-depth analysis and actionable insights. It emphasises the importance of ethical AI use, especially in data management and privacy. The document serves as a call for industry stakeholders to not only engage in learning and applying AI in their operations but to understand the ethics behind its use and the implications for mismanagement of data and individual privacy.
“AI is rapidly becoming a key technology across so many different industries, ours is no different,” adds Bas Schot, Head of The Hague & Partners Convention Bureau. “Our industry must adapt swiftly to stay ahead, and this means investing in knowledge and skills that align with these technological advancements. However, we must be careful to protect our delegates and ourselves as we make the most of what AI has to offer – we already need to consider both the pros and the cons before we entrust vital information and data to third parties – AI usage is no different.”