The Grass Roots Meetings Industry Report was judged best meetings and events supplement at the 15th Business Travel Journalism Awards on Thursday 4th October.

The report was produced and edited by Tom Lambregts, marketing manager at Grass Roots Meetings & Events; Mark Harris of the Travel Intelligence Network, and Des McLaughlin at Mac-D Consulting.

The awards are judged by a panel of industry leaders including corporate buyers, associations and venues. Announcing the win, the judges said of the Meetings Industry Report that “this is a reference tome I just keep going back to” and “a university course in meetings and events.”

Travel Intelligence Network director Mark Harris, who led the editorial team, collected the award. “I am delighted that the MIR should be recognised in this way” he said. “It was a real team effort and I would like to thank Grass Roots for recognising the value of thought leadership in this sector.”


Originally published in 2007 the MIR is a compendium of industry trends, data and venue information. The 2018 edition is the sixth.

Des Mclaughlin, the former Managing Director of Grass Roots Meetings & Events and the instigator of the first MIR report, commented “It’s very pleasing that the report continues to be so well received and that it has been recognised by The British Travel Journalists at this year’s awards. It’s no small task bringing all the data together, but I believe it makes for some very interesting reading for those in the industry”.

Tom Lambregts, Marketing Manager at Grass Roots Meetings and Events, added: “Contributors include some of the leading figures in the corporate meetings and events industry, and I would like to thank them for their valuable time and insight. To have the report acknowledged alongside such great journalists and publications makes me extremely proud. We look forward to creating more great content as part of BCD Meetings & Events.”

Copies of Grass Roots Meetings Industry Report can be ordered or downloaded at

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